Monday practice tidbits

The Trojans got in a very light practice Monday afternoon. Nobody was wearing pads and a few guys weren't even wearing cleats.

Chris McFoy did not attend practice, and probably won't be at many more for a while after learning that his shoulder injury will keep him out 4-6 weeks.

The best sight today was Sedrick Ellis taking part in all drills. He's wearing a sleeve over his knee, but looks to be moving fluidly and without stress. Nobody is really sure if he's going to be able to play this weekend, but he's going to test it out during practice this week to see if it will hold up. We'll definitely find out more about his status as this week progresses, but the fact that he seems to be going full speed (without contact) looks pretty good right now.

The defense is already getting a taste of what it's going to be like to face a running quarterback as the coaches had Mike McDonald test them with some designed quarterback runs and a few options. It'll be interesting to see if McDonald stays in that role or if the coaches employ someone else as the scrambling scout team signal caller.

Toward the end of practice, the offense put in a few plays and Stafon Johnson took the ball on just about every running play. I know a lot of people seem to be concerned about his attitude with his lack of playing time, but he certainly looks to be having a great time and is running hard whenever his number is called.

Chauncey Washington got a carry and seems like he's just about ready to start kicking into that fifth gear we all know he possesses. His hamstring appears to be steadily on the mend and hopefully we'll soon be seeing him at full speed.


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