Practice Report - Tuesday

We are barely over the Washington State game, and it's already Wednesday, kickoff in 3 days. Tuesdays at Heritage Hall are jam packed with activity. From the weekly press conference to interviews being conducted and the daily radio show broadcast from the lobby, there is non-stop action all day.

Thoughts From the Press Conference

Coach Pete Carroll mentioned playing in the rain in Husky Stadium; he stated, "I'm sure Tyrone is looking for rain. We are, too; since we played so well here in the rain last week in LA, we feel like we're well prepared."

He also said they will practice with a wet field and footballs later in the week.

When asked if Kyle Moore would continue his stellar play, Carroll remarked, "I hope it continues."

Moore has had an excellent sense of timing with the turnovers recovered by the Trojans in this young season. Against Idaho, he recovered a fumble, Nebraska, he tipped a pass that was then intercepted and intercepted the ball on another play. On Saturday's contest Moore intercepted a pass.

Woidneck's Improved Punting

When entering the Howard Jones Field, before practice was officially underway, one couldn't help but notice the big time punts soaring through the air. The punters were putting up some fantastic kicks. On closer inspection, alongside Greg Woidneck and the other punters was former Trojan, Tom Malone. Woidneck put up some big kicks, but in comparison, Malone still has a cannon for a leg. Malone spent the day with the punters/kickers.

Another Coach on the Sidelines

Second year USC Head Coach for men's volleyball, Bill Ferguson visited practice today with a recruit. After serving as an assistant coach in 2006, he was promoted to head coach in 2007. Ferguson also served as an assistant coach under Pat Powers in 1997 and 1998.

Special Teams

Under the pressure of punting in the presence of Tom Malone, Greg Woidneck sent huge punts toward return men Desmond Reed, Stafon Johnson, Joe McKnight, Ronald Johnson and Brandon Carswell.

Field goal attempts were successful by David Buehler from the 10, 22.5 and 27.5-yard lines. Joe Houston was twice successful from the 32.5-yard line.

Practice Notes

Friendly sight - it was pleasant to see columnist Steve Bisheff speaking on the noon radio broadcast in Heritage Hall.

John David Booty and Mark Sanchez threw passes to each of their talented receivers. Brad Walker continues to show that he is an able receiver. Chauncey Washington continues his hard effort running. Fred Davis had some tough catches again today.

Defensively, Booty and Sanchez were each sacked. Kaluka Maiava worked extensively in relief of Brian Cushing and Clay Matthews. Vincent Joseph appears healthy and ready to return to service. Pete Carroll mentioned in his press conference that Cary Harris is determined to return to the field on Saturday. Cushing may not be ready.

On Saturday, September 29, the USC Trojans take on the Washington Huskies in Seattle. It will be telecast nationally on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:00 p.m., Pacific Time.


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