Wednesday practice report

The Trojans practiced on Wednesday afternoon in decidedly Oregon State-like weather under cloudy skies.

Mark Sanchez was back at quarterback today, playing as if he never missed a day. He said his back is fine, but Garrett Green remained in a yellow jersey and will probably stay there for at least this week.

During special teams work, Mario Danelo drilled a 48-yard field goal, while David Buehler was just wide right from 52.

Today's scrimmage started with John David Booty hitting Dwayne Jarrett down the left sideline over coverage from Terrell Thomas. It wasn't quite 4th-and-9, but it did showcase Jarrett's ability to keep the defender in the dark as to when the ball will arrive, reaching out at the last second to snag it down by his knees.

On the following play, the defense came hard, with Rey Maualuga picking up the sack.

After a few completed short passes to Travon Patterson, the defense got with the program of Turnover Wednesday. Booty lofted a pass down the right sideline to Patrick Turner, but Cary Harris got his hands up and knocked the ball to Kevin Ellison, who intercepted it and returned it down the sideline.

On the next play, the offense tried to set up a wide receiver screen to Travon Patterson, but Booty's throw went straight to a charging Mozique McCurtis, who was off to the endzone.

After that, however, the offense got in two solid plays of their own.

Allen Bradford came from his fullback position and caught a pass in the flat before turning upfield. Shareece Wright was all that stood in his way of a big gain and after Bradford recognized that, he lowered his head and absolutely floored Wright. Shareece got up quickly, brushed it off and got some support from his defense, but the entire offense was loving it. You have to give Shareece credit for sticking his nose in there and trying to wrap up, but he was simply run over by Bradford. I'm sure that Wright won't be hearing about that from Bradford for the rest of their careers. Hopefully Allen realizes that he has the ability to do that to most any cornerback in the country.

Another offensive highlight came towards the end of practice when Booty hit Emmanuel Moody on a screen pass. Moody caught the ball heading towards the left sideline, but quickly stopped his momentum and headed back to the middle of the field. Thomas Williams was all set to make the tackle, but as he shifted his weight to go after Moody, Ryan Kalil came from nowhere to knock Williams on his backside. Desmond Reed, CJ Gable and the rest of the running backs (who have heard more than their share of yapping from the loquacious linebacker) ran out on the field hooting and hollering.

Ryan Powdrell made an appearance at the end of practice on crutches and in a walking cast and chatted with some of the team.


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