The Trojans leading rusher Stafon Johnson was able to jog on his bruised foot at practice Thursday. After practice Pete Carroll said Johnson's foot has improved a lot since Wednesday and they will wait until game time to determine if he will play. "I wouldn't rule him out at all. We will see how he goes," said Carroll. If Stafon Johnson isn't able to play Chauncey Washington will get the majority of the carries against Stanford. Allen Bradford, Joe McKnight, Desmond Reed and Hershel Dennis will all see action as well for the Trojans.
Carroll remains optimistic about Cary Harris
Pete Carroll remained optimistic about the availability of cornerback Cary Harris. "He looked good. He practiced and banged guys around today and he had a very good week of practice. He did everything successful that he was allowed to do so we will have to see," said Carroll. "I am counting on him dressing and playing. I don't see any reason why he can't but I got to get one more okay from the doctors before that happens."
Trojans of Tomorrow
The practice field was a little more crowded than usual on Thursday. The sidelines of Howard Jones Field were filled with wide-eyed Pop Warner football players from the Santa Monica Vikings and St.Paul Saints. Both teams had a great time watching the Trojans practice and afterwards the young players all got autograph's and took pictures with Pete Carroll. Coach Carroll never misses an opportunity to put a smile on the face of a young Trojan fan.
Williams will start at LB
Senior linebacker Thomas Williams will get his second consecutive start Saturday against Stanford. Last week Williams started in place of the injured Brian Cushing and Clay Mathews and had 6 tackles and an interception.
Clay Mathews had a good week of practice and will return after being banged up the last two weeks. "Clay Mathews is back to full speed now. He will be able to play in this game. He had a very good week and so he and Thomas (Williams) will share time there at that spot. Thomas will start but Clay will play in this game," said Pete Carroll.
With Chilo Rachal sidelined for the next few weeks Zach Heberer and Alatini Malu continue to battle for the starting right guard spot. After practice Pete Carroll wouldn't reveal who would start Saturday. "Both guys will play. Zach (Heberer) had a good week. Tiny (Malu) missed some of the week. We had to rest him a little bit because he had this hamstring thing that was bothering him. He did get work though. We need to get a consensus on that," explained Carroll.
Notes from the Field
The secondary looked sharp today during 7-on-7 drills. Safety Taylor Mays and cornerback Cary Harris each intercepted passes from Pete Carroll.
Hershel Dennis had a nice long run in team drills and looked quicker than he has in the past few weeks. With the possibility of playing time this weekend, Dennis has looked particularly focused at practice this week.