Wednesday practice report

The Trojans went through a lot of situational work such as the two minute offense, the speed defense and special teams drills today as they get ready for a practice Thursday night under the lights at the Coliseum.

The majority of the first hour of practice was spent on special teams including such detailed work as onside kick coverage. At the end of the special teams drill they kicked one deep to Reggie Bush and he took it to the house. The punting duties were handled by Taylor Odegard and Sean Limahelu as Tom Malone continues to rest his sore hip. Mario Danelo made a 40 yard field goal with plenty of room to spare.

When the regular offensive and defensive units took the field they worked on specific down and distance situations and various coverages against multiple wide receiver sets. In one of the first sessions the ball was placed near the offense 30 yard line and Matt Leinart tried to go deep to Reggie Bush but John Walker did a good job to knock the ball away. Leinart tried to throw again but Frostee Rucker was able to get his hands up and he batted the ball down at the line. One of the big hits of the day came on the next play as Steve Smith took a slant pass and was met immediately by Thomas Williams. Patrick Turner got things kickstarted for the offense by catching a deep pass over the middle and he did a nice job of getting his hands out in front of him for the catch. A swing pass to Jody Adewale was stopped thanks to a nice open field form tackle by Will Harris.

The reserves and walk-ons got a lot of work and John Griffin gained some good yardage from the tailback spot. He ran hard on the first carry and then caught a pass from Mike McDonald for a long gain. Kyle Moore had a sack on McDonald. McDonald threw to Brad Walker to get the ball inside the 20 and then he hit Mike Brittingham for a touchdown.

The offense was given the ball on their own three yard line and on the first play Leinart went along the left sideline, the pass was complete but it was ruled offensive interference. Instead of throwing on the next play Matt simply handed the ball to Reggie and he went 97 yards for the score with a celebratory flip into the end zone. The ball was placed back on the three yard line again and a short run was followed by a beautiful touch pass from Leinart as he dropped it over the shoulder of Jarrett who made tbe grab and outran the secondary until he got pushed out of bounds at the opposite 20 yard line by Darnell Bing.

Other notes:

* Lawrence Jackson batted down a Leinart pass at the line

* Chris McFoy had a nice play when he caught a slant and was hit by multiple defenders, including Thomas Williams, but he held onto the ball and stayed on his feet.

* Rich McKay, son of John and current Atlanta Falcons executive, was in attendance today.

* Patrick Turner stayed long after practice to work with Justin Wyatt on how to get off the line.


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