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.
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.
The Road Back to Health
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.