Nebraska has one of the nation's loudest stadiums, which will challenge the Trojan's ability to perform in a hostile environment. This will be one of the toughest challenges of the year for the USC football team.
Who's Ready and Who's Not
Patrick Turner looks ready and healthy, although he was left out of any contact. Chauncey Washington practiced at full speed. Joe McKnight continues to improve and pick up speed and Hershel Dennis had a few reps.
Brian Cushing gave practice a try but after a couple of snaps, returned to the sideline. Matt Spanos, Nick Howell, Martin Coleman and Trey Henderson remain sidelined. Broderick Green continues the slow but sure process to recovery - yesterday he dumped the motorized cart for crutches, today he walked without the crutches.
Against the scout team, the defense seems to be picking up speed, with interceptions by Terrell Thomas and Cary Harris and a tipped ball by Keith Rivers. On the offensive side against the scout team, C.J. Gable, Desmond Reed, Washington, Dennis and Stafon Johnson took handoffs. Patrick Turner, David Ausberry, Vidal Hazelton, Brad Walker and Fred Davis took turns receiving.
7 on 7's
The first team offense and defense challenged each other as did the second teamers. The brief overview on these exercises is; John David Booty looked solid, as did Fred Davis and each of the running backs. Sanchez is getting his timing back and Coach Carroll believes he is ready to go in game conditions.
During the full team drills, Kris O'Dowd held down the center position and continues his hard effort each play. Booty and Sanchez spread the ball around to Hazelton, Ausberry, Davis, Joe McKnight, Walker and Stanley Havili.
For the last couple weeks of practice Fred Davis came up big every day. If this holds true for the game, he should have a solid outing. McKnight seems to be gaining speed each day and should have a good game. Washington looks ready, he's hungry. Look for all of these guys to have a good game. A more difficult read is Patrick Turner, he appears healthy, but has not had significant defensive contact.