Thursday practice report

The Trojans held practice at Cromwell Field today to prepare themselves for the artificial turf at Washington State.

As for a continued update on the injured Trojans, Dwayne Jarrett attended practice, but did not participate and looks doubtful for Saturday.

Sedrick Ellis attended practice, but did not participate. He is wearing a sleeve over his injured knee and was seen jogging up and down the sideline with Jarrett. Obviously, Ellis is not close to game ready yet, but he is certainly putting a lot of weight on that knee without any visible pain.

After tweaking his ankle during yesterday's practice, Brian Cushing spent the first few minutes of today's practice riding the stationary bike, but stood and watched the rest of it. Jeff Schweiger took his place at outside linebacker and performed well.

Kevin Thomas suited up and went through the entire practice.

As for rest practice, what to do with the fullback position remains an interesting dilemma. Mike Brittingham and Jody Adewale received reps there today, but still neither has emerged as a solid number one option. We saw a few times where the Trojan offense lined up with two running backs in the backfield, mostly a duo of Emmanuel Moody and Chauncey Washington.

Vidal Hazelton and Travon Patterson worked extensively with the first-team offense.

The first-team offense spent a lot of time on throwing the ball deep down field against the Scout team defense. Steve Smith, Patrick Turner, and Hazelton all had long receptions down the middle of the field.

The best hits of the day came from Luthur Brown and C.J. Gable as they went head to head on three separate occasions during run drills.

As for the scrimmage, each quarterback ran just a few plays. John David Booty led the first team against the second-team defense. The first pass was a strike to Chris McFoy on a post pattern. Next, Booty hit Fred Davis on a short out, which Davis was able to turn up field. Finally, Booty tried to hit Smith deep down the left sideline, but Smith never got a chance as Shareece Wright provided excellent coverage.

Mark Sanchez then led the second-team offense against the first-team defense. The best play of his series was the final play of practice as Sanchez lofted a perfectly thrown ball down the right sideline. Patterson skied to make the catch, only to have it poked away by Carry Harris after he wrapped his hands around it.


USCFootball.com Top Stories