Monday Practice Notes

With a tough Washington game in the rear view mirror, USC gears up for the Stanford Cardinal.

Short Practice Long Injury List

As is typical for Monday, today's practice lasted about 45 minutes. The team practiced lightly and worked on drills. The most notable sight at today's practice was the walking injured. Chilo Rachal and Kristofer O'Dowd walked on the field sporting large knee braces. Shareece Wright paced the sideline and Stafon Johnson wore a large boot around his foot. Tiny Malu, Travon Patterson and C.J. Gable did not practice. Chauncey Washington wore Gable's jersey today.

On the bright side, Cary Harris practiced and looks ready to get back in. Matt Spanos continues to work at center.

Shuffling the O-Line

The new look offensive line consisted of Sam Baker (left tackle), Jeff Byers (left guard), Matt Spanos (center), Zack Heberer (right guard) and Drew Radovich (right tackle), a pretty formidable group despite the changes.

Quick Practice Notes

Cary Harris made some nice deflections and had an interception. Thomas Williams also had an interception. On offense Joe McKnight looks like he's getting ready for a big game. His confidence level seems high, and he is attacking the holes quickly and aggressively. For the scout team, Brandon Carswell and Marc Tyler performed well.

While Looking for Football Practice, a Rugby Match Broke Out

Mondays are typically the lightest day of practice. At the end of the day while Mitch Mustain scrambled to gain yardage, he fumbled the football. What ensued was comical to behold. The offense kept scooping the ball up then started a series of laterals. Reminiscent of that famed game between Stanford and California, the teams enjoyed chasing each other across the field and back. Practice ended on this fun note.

On the Short End

Coach Carroll expressed his concerns with the penalties and miscues against Washington once again. He reiterated that he thought the defense played well. The return of Shareece Wright may take another week.


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