Pins and Needles
Three days and some change left for opening kickoff at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The USC Trojans take on the Idaho Vandals, this Saturday at 7:15 pm. The excitement grows by the hour. The intensity level on the field grows by the minute.
In Pete Carroll's lexicon, today was "Competition Tuesday" and the
players did not disappoint. Once again, competition was taken up another notch.
John David Booty was stellar, David Ausberry and Vidal Hazelton were sharp.
Patrick Turner looked great until taking part of the afternoon off.
Rey Maualuga was in high competition mode, and made several crunching stops and hits. At one point in practice, while both Maualuga and Turner were making a play on the ball, the two had a thunderous collision. Patrick lay on the grass for a long while, then went to the sidelines and took the rest of the afternoon off.
Kaluka Maiava also displayed some heavy hitting. During work against the service team, the 1st team defensive line and linebackers camped out in the offensive backfield. This is going to be one heck of a defensive team for opponents to reckon with.
Fox Sports Newscasters
When I awoke this morning, I thought of how Fox Sports Newcaster Lindsay Soto hasn't been around the football field much this fall. As practice got underway, the door to Goux's Gate opened and miraculously, in walked Ms. Soto.
So Who's on the Side?
Former USC Quarterback, Brandon Hance roamed the sidelines.
Hershel Dennis donned full gear today. He's still not cleared by the doctors, but appears to be inching slowly toward being on the field once again. Marc Tyler, who has been cleared to practice, was on the field, but not in full gear. Look for Tyler to return to practice next week.
Summing It Up
Both the offense and defense shined in working against the service teams. Defensively, the hitting turned the heat up. Offensively, John David Booty, continues to show great leadership skills and accurate passing. The special teams continue to show improvement, at one point David Buehler hit 4 consecutive field goals from varying distances.