As is customary on Monday, the Trojans held a light 45-minute practice at Howard Jones - Brian Kennedy field today. This team will work on coming together to avenge its loss to the Stanford Cardinal. Up next, the Arizona Wildcats.
Banged Up and Taped Together
Obvious injury and recovery sightings: Shareece Wright entered the field with a taped thigh, Butch Lewis was advised to take practice slowly and Clay Matthews had a lighter wristband which looked a lot easier to work with.
Brian Cushing is still trying to work out his sprained ankle - he exercised on the sideline.
Stafon Johnson walked the sideline - with a taped foot, which was later put on ice. Johnson said he sprained three metatarsal bones in his foot and will be reevaluated on Wednesday.
John David Booty will be kept out of practice for at least Monday and Tuesday and will be evaluated later in the week. Booty cracked a bone in his middle finger Saturday Night.
Jeff Byers worked in Matt Spanos' position at center. Spanos was given the day off. He has been battling a knee injury, triceps strain, and on Saturday had eight stitches on his hand after cutting it on a helmet.
The long awaited healing process of Broderick Green appears to be nearing an end. Green removed his boot last Thursday and was on the field during drills.
Forty-five Minutes to Recovery
Fresh off Saturday night's loss, one had the feeling the light 45 minute practice was a time to work off the disappointment and the team will be expected to return Tuesday with a refreshed attitude while preparing for the Wildcats.
Allen Bradford, Chauncey Washington, Joe McKnight, Hershel Dennis and Desmond Reed continued to work out of the tailback position. Passes were thrown to Vidal Hazelton, Patrick Turner, Allen Bradford, Stanley Havili, Ronald Johnson and Anthony McCoy.
Given the possibility that he may replace an injured Booty, Mark Sanchez looked animated taking snaps from center. Sanchez will get a lot of work for the first few days of practice this week.
We have reported all season long, and today was no different, Mitch Mustain looked great quarterbacking the scout team. One twist to this saga is that Damian Williams is practicing at full speed again; connecting with Mustain for three touchdown passes. Marc Tyler also looked good running for the scout team.