Wednesday Practice Report

The music was blaring and the pads were popping as the USC Trojans went through their second consecutive two hour practice in preparation for Saturday Night's contest with the Washington Huskies.

Good News, Bad News

Matt Spanos took some snaps at center today. Coach Carroll was enthused about this development. If Spanos practices with no incident tomorrow, he will make the trip to Washington.

Looks like Brian Cushing and Cary Harris will not recover for this weekend's game.

Position Drills

During drills, Shareece Wright and Kevin Ellison grabbed interceptions. Desmond Reed, Stafon Johnson, Ronald Johnson, Brandon Carswell and Joe McKnight were downfield fielding punts and kickoffs. As usual, Pete Carroll was throwing passes while defensive backs covered.

Working With the Scout Team

Crowd noise was turned up as the offense worked against the scout team. During this session, Patrick Turner was in a groove not seen since he suffered a shoulder stinger at the beginning of the season. Chauncey Washington worked hard, and Fred Davis continued his confident play. David Ausberry had a ball bounce off his fingertips and resulted in an interception. Hershel Dennis got in on some plays.

Defensively, the team was fired up Wednesday. Against the first team, on a short series, the defense caused four fumbles. When the scout team came up, the defense was still fired up. As Brandon Carswell tried a reverse, Rey Maualuga gave him a hard lick in the secondary.

Maualuga is primed for a hard-hitting ball game. Thomas Williams played in place of Cushing and Matthews for most of the day. Kaluka Maiava relieved him at times. Keith Rivers, Taylor Mays, Terrell Harris and Kevin Ellison all grabbed interceptions.

Who is that Giant?

A new walk-on offensive tackle was on the field today. Andrew Weiss, a tall 6'9" but slim 225 lbs. was dressed for the scout team. Weiss is a junior transfer from UC San Diego.

Practice Notes

Practice was a long two hours Tuesday and Wednesday, presumably to make up for Monday's 45-minute walk-in-the-park.

The most notable aspect of today's practice: Mark Sanchez is getting closer to his game form. His timing is getting better, and he does not seem as rushed or disoriented. Sanchez is gaining confidence and it shows in his accuracy and leadership.

Fred Davis was impressive as usua,l and Anthony McCoy looked good as well. Tight end is secured for the year. Patrick Turner is getting better each practice.

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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