Monday Practice Report

The Trojans received a boost this afternoon as Chris McFoy came bounding in through the practice field doors. He looked to be in great spirits and his range of motion certainly wasn't hindered as he took part in all drills. He said that he could hear about his status for Saturday by tomorrow. If he's not ready for Oregon, it looks like Cal will be a guarantee.

Stanley Havili, on the other hand, attended practice again in street clothes. He wasn't wearing a brace or anything else on his knee, but as of today, he still looks doubtful for Saturday.

As for the rest of the injury concerns:

Keith Rivers' injury during the Stanford game was nothing. He finished playing the game and was out there today looking fine.

Kaluka Maiava dressed, but sat out today's practice.

Desmond Reed and Chauncey Washington's right ankles were both heavily taped, but neither looked slowed nor injured.

As for practice, the cornerbacks spent a lot of time on diagnosing wide receiver screens and making a sure solo tackle. It's going to be all about tackling for the secondary this week.

Garrett Green was wearing the scout team #10 and doing his best Dennis Dixon today. He's going to give the defense a great look at the option for the next three days. And from the way things went today, the defense will need all the looks they can get.

During the end-of-practice scrimmage, Thomas Williams was working with the first team at fullback with Allen Bradford on the scout team. Stafon Johnson ran with the scout team for the first half, but eventually switched places with CJ Gable.

The first-team offense moved the ball fairly easily against the first-team defense today (Of course, that's always aided on Mondays by the fact that nobody is wearing pads or allowed to hit). Dwayne Jarrett caught a pass on a deep out from John David Booty on the first play and came back with a wide receiver screen a few snaps later. Travon Patterson positioned himself nicely for a good block on the play.

Patrick Turner made a couple catches during the scrimmage, including one on a post route where he stretched out and tumbled after pulling it in.

Shortly after that, there was a small uproar coming from the scout-team scrimmage and when I looked over to see what happened, it was David Ausberry jogging back from the endzone with the ball in his hand.

Jamere Holland was also running with the scout-team offense and working deep several plays. He had one ball bounce off his hands on the back of the endzone, but he definitely has the speed to make an impact at this level. He'll need to improve his hands, however, before he's given the chance to make that impact.

Shareece Wright came down with an interception during the scout-team scrimmage.

The practice finished with CJ Gable running a nice wheel route from the backfield and catching a touchdown pass over Jeff Schweiger, who was trying to keep up with him in coverage.


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