USC hits the Field

USC hit the field on Monday after a successful roadtrip to Lincoln. The Trojans take on the Washington State Cougars, this Saturday at the Historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, 5:00 p.m. on ABC.

As fall takes hold of Southern California, the practice field was a lot cooler. Today's practice was at 5:00 pm to simulate game time on Saturday. By this time the sun had settled, and Howard Jones Field was quite comfortable.

A Light-hearted Practice

The most notable change this Monday was the "relaxed" setting. Walking into the practice field, the kickers and punters played soccer while team managers tossed footballs. After a great victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers this weekend, the team and coaches were lighter on their feet than recent practices.

While the team practiced without pads, the play on the field was still fast and intense, but the climate was definitely lighter. It appears the team is savoring the victory.

Hustle Up

Once Coach Carlisle hit the field and the whistle blew, the team lined up on the goal line and ran sprints and exercises at full speed. The players responded to Carlisle and gave it their full effort.

Injury Update

Clay Matthews broke his thumb during the Nebraska game and was outfitted with a cast. Matthews expects to be able to play this weekend.

Brian Cushing practiced and says he feels 100%. Cushing reports feeling better everyday and that he felt good on the field today.

Vincent Joseph expects to be out for a while. Joseph suffered an injury to his larynx on a kickoff return Saturday. He hasn't been able to eat solid foods and will probably return next week.

Matt Spanos was on the field with an elbow brace.

Broderick Green looked agile and seems to be improving daily. He is not yet practicing with the team.

On the Sidelines

Former USC tailback Sultan McCullough attended practice today. He currently isn't on a professional football roster, so he decided to return to the classroom and attain his degree. McCullough has three classes to complete graduation requirements.

C.J. Gable to Return Kicks

After Joseph's injury on Saturday, C.J. Gable replaced him on the field as the kickoff return man. Pete Carroll stated that Gable played well in the role last season, and will be the return man this Saturday against the Cougars.

Practice Notes

Mitch Mustain and Brandon Carswell have been performing well for the scout team. Look for both to contribute significantly in the future. Mustain sits out this year per NCAA transfer rules. Carswell is a true freshman that may get a chance to play sooner.

Alex Parsons has been snapping the ball for the scout team. Fred Davis and Ronald Johnson played well today. After catching his first touchdown pass at Lincoln this past Saturday, Anthony McCoy seemed to practice with a renewed enthusiasm.


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