Friday Morning Practice Report

The Trojans hit the practice field at 6:15 AM, and SCPlayBook was there to bring you the news.

Good Morning World!

In a departure from the norm, the Trojan football team took to the practice field at 6:15 in the morning. Most practices since the beginning of Fall Camp has been late morning or late afternoon. Rolling into practice at 6:17, the team was well on its way to another tedious work session.

The birds weren't quite awake yet, but the team, coaches and even some spectators were rolling up their sleeves, going to work.

This being a bye week, the USC staff is taking advantage of the opportunity to visit football games out-of-state and throughout Southern California. The team will get a respite and reconvene practice on Monday. The mood at practice was light and a bit more fun filled.

Who's 18?

Damian Williams donned number 18 today. Williams is sitting out this year per NCAA transfer rules. Previously he wore number 82.

Backlog at Quarterback

Remember the rumble about the tailback position being overstocked with talent? Today's practice saw John David Booty take a significant amount of snaps, Mark Sanchez in his second day back on the field played under center but was not receiving snaps, to prevent any risk of injury. He still got in a significant number of plays.

Aaron Corp got good playing time and Mitch Mustain was given a lot of minutes as well. The odd man out was Michael McDonald (current #2 QB - until Sanchez is ready to resume the role).

The Road Back to Health

Jordan Campbell continues to regain his strength/health. Marc Tyler got good practice time. Patrick Turner caught several passes in drills, with no significant effects from last week's stinger.

Brian Cushing still has a slight limp and Clay Matthews continues to work in his absence. Hershel Dennis works a little more each day. Chauncey Washington's recovery seems slow and may be day-to-day.

Marshall Jones, Chris Galippo and Tyler worked with Coach Carlisle on strength and conditioning.

End of Practice Symbolism

The team gathered around field goal kickers for the last part of practice. As Joe Houston, David Buehler and Brad Smith took turns attempting field goals, the team heckled, harassed and otherwise had fun teasing the kickers.

 It was a fun and light hearted series which ended practice when Houston kicked one through the uprights. Coach Carroll dismissed the team as they will now have two days off before returning to practice for Nebraska Game Week. Top Stories