Monday PM practice report

It was sunny skies and warm weather for the veterans this afternoon for their first day in full pads as contrasted with the freshmen this morning who worked out in overcast and cloudy conditions.

One thing that jumped out today was the Trojan run game, especially considering Chauncey Washington left practice midway through with what is being called a "mild hamstring strain" and didn't return the rest of the day. Chauncey was seen walking around on his own power later in the day so the injury didn't appear to be too bad.

We saw Michael Coleman, Ryan Powdrell and Brandon Hancock get some extra reps with Chauncey out and they all performed pretty good. Powdrell, in particular, was very tough to bring down and was picking up good chunks of yardage. Coleman got the team drill started with a run to the right side that gained seven and Powdrell followed that up with another run to the right where he was able to turn upfield to pick up 12. The first hard hit of the day came courtesy of Antwine Perez on a ball thrown deep to Steve Smith, the ball hung up a little which allowed Antwine to lay a pop on Smith as soon as he caught it. To his credit, Steve held on to the ball and made an emphatic "catch" motion with his arms while he was on the ground to demostrate that he had made the grab. Mark Sanchez had a pair of nice completions; one was a hard thrown ball across the middle to Chris McFoy and the other was a lobbed pass which dropped in over the shoulder of Desmond Reed as he pulled away from Rey Maualuga. The most unlikely collision of the day came when walk-on tight end Spencer Vigoren (who looks bigger than his listed 6-4, 230 size) caught a pass over the middle with Josh Pinkard coming in for the tackle but it was Pinkard who took the brunt of the hit and went hard to the ground.

The field goal unit got some work with Mario Danelo and David Buehler alternating kicks. Danelo was more accurate but Buehler's kicks were just flying off his foot. The guy definitely has a leg and it looks like it would be worth it to keep him working on his placekicking, it's not something he has done a lot of in the past but he certainly has the leg to be effective from long distances. David also gets the ball up quickly, a good trait for a kicker. When the team worked on punt return drills, we saw Vidal Hazelton, Steve Smith and Desmond Reed as the return men.

On the opening play of the team session, Keith Rivers dropped what should have been an interception returned for a touchdown. Keith had nothing but open field ahead of him if he had held on to the ball. Jeff Schweiger and Averell Spicer combined for a sack. A pass along the sidelines to Dwayne Jarrett went for a short gain before he was knocked to the ground by Jerry Williams. The highlight hit of the day came on a Coleman run to the right where Pinkard came up and absolutely smacked him. Powdrell carried the ball up the middle and carried two defenders on his back for extra yardage. Sanchez then rolled left and good coverage in the secondary forced him to hold the ball while Schweiger and Rivers pursued and ran him out of bounds. Coleman followed the lead from Powdrell and took a handoff to the left while shaking off an initial tackle attempt and refusing to go down on the first hit. Hancock got into the mix as well with a move at the line which allowed him to gain eight yards. Sed Ellis knocked down a pass at the line, that's three in the last two days for Sed. One of the final plays of the day was a run into the secondary by Powdrell that went for 17 yards before Kaluka Maiava was finally able to corral him to the ground.

The Trojans will practice twice tomorrow with full squad workouts in the morning and afternoon. Top Stories