Monday Practice Report

The Trojans came out in shorts and no helmets for a crisp 45 minute practice on Monday. The practice was held at Cromwell Field so the team could get used to the field turf that they will play on at Husky stadium this Saturday.

Spanos Almost Back

Senior center Matt Spanos went through a full practice today with no issues.

"He practiced today," said USC Head Coach Pete Carroll. "He felt no pain at all today; he was snapping with that funky bionic brace that he's got on there."

Spanos could be cleared for contact as early as Tuesday night according to Pete Carroll. When Spanos returns to action he will have a tough time regaining his starting spot at center from freshman Kristofer O'Dowd.

"If he's 100%, if he can compete he will be back in it. There's no reason to change anything right now," said Carroll.

Good News for Cary Harris

Cary Harris should be back on the field much sooner than expected. Reports after Saturday's game stated that Harris would be out at least two weeks. But Harris underwent an MRI and no further damage was found. The shoulder was still very sore and Harris had limited range of motion but he is considered day-to-day and could be available for the Washington game.

"He was out here practicing today. The trainers had to pull him off the field," said Carroll. "He's got the perfect attitude. He's just not willing to accept it, so he's going to fight to get back out here."

McKnight Gaining Confidence

Joe McKnight saw his first significant playing time Saturday night against the Washington State Cougars. McKnight carried the ball 7 times for 49 yards and really flashed some of his playmaking ability. McKnight really appears to be getting comfortable in the Trojans offense and had an extra pep in his step at practice today. Don't be surprised to see McKnight featured more and more in the Trojans game plan in the next few weeks.

Freshman Lesson

Freshman center Kristofer O'Dowd and receiver Ronald Johnson stayed after practice and had to roll the length of the football field. O'Dowd had to take part in the rolling session because he was late to a team meeting last Friday. O'Dowd also didn't start Saturday's game as part of his punishment. When asked why Ronald Johnson was being punished Pete Carroll simply replied "He has some issues that we had to take care of."

Redshirt Update

Freshmen Christian Tupou and Marshal Jones both played against Washington State and as a result will not redshirt. With the injury to Cary Harris, Mozique McCurtis will play cornerback and Marshall Jones will serve as a backup at safety. Jones explained how his preparation will change now that he has a chance to play.

"Yeah I got to shift gears mentally, I got to come more prepared to practice and pay a lot more attention to what is going on," said Jones.

 


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