Sedrick Ellis is another guy whose status for Saturday is still up in the air. He practiced in pads today, but didn't play every first-team snap. His knee doesn't seem to be bothering him, but he wasn't going full speed with contact today. It might be a lot to ask him to jump right into game-speed situations for a full 60 minutes, but that doesn't rule out Ellis seeing the field for some plays this Saturday.
Chilo Rachal's left ankle is another body part to keep an eye on. It was tightly taped this afternoon and Rachal looked to be jogging without pain. He ran a few plays at right guard during walk-throughs, but Tiny Malu took the majority of snaps during scrimmage. Watching Malu, it's hard not to think of departed guard Deuce Lutui and his massive frame. Hopefully, Malu can provide that same type of dominating play at the guard position. In the past two years, both Lutui and Rachal have specifically pointed Malu out in talking about players who could surprise most Trojan fans.
Chauncey Washington continues to impress. He still isn't hitting his ceiling in terms of pure speed, but today was the best I've seen him since the hamstring injury. This weekend could be the time we see him start to emerge as the tailback we all thought he could be.
Troy Van Blarcom missed today's practice with a hip flexor, but he said that it won't keep him out of Saturday's game. Mario Danelo took the kicks during the kickoff coverage drill.
On offense, Vidal Hazelton and Stafon Johnson received a ton of attention today. Johnson has definitely put himself in the running back rotation during practice while it would be shocking if Hazelton doesn't catch at least one pass on Saturday.
Two of the prettiest passes of the day were from Mark Sanchez to Travon Patterson. On the first, Sanchez rolled to his left after play-action and hit Patterson over two defenders just before he hit the sideline. The second went for a touchdown, as Sanchez lofted the ball over Cary Harris in the back corner of the endzone.
Also, Fred Davis caught several passes during the final scrimmage and Patrick Turner caught a touchdown pass against the scout team.