Tuesday Practice Report

Mark Sanchez is taking reps with the first team. Who is his favorite target? What's the status of Booty? All this and more in Tuesday's practice report.

Sanchez Ready to Step Up

Backup quarterback Mark Sanchez has been preparing like the starter this week and said he feels comfortable with the Trojans offense.

"I'm ready to start if I need to be. I'm getting a lot of reps, its fun. And if it doesn't happen it doesn't happen," said Sanchez.

After practice Sanchez said he is ready to lead the team if he is called upon.

"It's a great opportunity. Every kid grows up dreaming of being the starting quarterback somewhere and to do it on a national stage like this would be wonderful if it happens," said Sanchez. "And if not I will be prepared for that too." Booty Throws

John David Booty suited up for practice but didn't take part in any drills. The Trojans quarterback did test his broken finger before practice. Booty threw 50 passes and had mixed results.

"It felt better than I expected. It's just my accuracy isn't where I want it to be right now."

After practice Pete Carroll said that even if Booty can throw he may miss the Arizona game as precaution.

"I'm thinking long term about it. John might be able to play by Saturday but what happens the next week and the next week. How long do we prolong this? If we give him a break maybe he can come back strong and be ready to finish the season," said Carroll.

Different Quarterback, Same Fred Davis

Before John David Booty was sidelined with a broken finger Fred Davis had emerged as his most reliable target. On the year Davis has 23 receptions for 435 yards and three touchdowns. At practice on Tuesday Fred Davis looked to be Mark Sanchez's go-to receiver as well. Sanchez connected with Davis four different times for passes of over 20 yards.

Not So Special Teams

The blocked PAT against Stanford which was the difference in the game thrust the Trojans poor special teams play to the forefront. Despite spending more time than usual on special teams this week, Clay Mathews blocked two more field goals today. Mathews has been able to continually penetrate the line and get his hands on the kick. Mathews also blocked a field goal last week in practice before the Stanford game.

Spanos Expects to Play

USC center Matt Spanos has been sidelined the last two practices after having his fingers stepped on during the Stanford game. The injury took out a chunk of Spanos' finger but that won't stop the big lineman from seeing action this Saturday against Arizona.

"I'm playing regardless if it opens or closes. I could care less what it looks like," said Spanos.

McKnight Not Feeling Well

Joe McKnight got sick during drills on Tuesday and was pulled out of practice. After practice Pete Carroll explained that McKnight's illness was nothing serious.

"He got sick out here. He will be alright," said Carroll.

Hit of the Day

Reserve linebacker Michael Morgan delivered the hit of the day on Tuesday. Tight end Fred Davis caught a pass in the flat and was turning up field when Michael Morgan leveled him sending the ball flying in the air one direction and Davis in the other. Needless to say the hit drew loud praise from the always vocal Ken Norton.

Injury Update

Stafon Johnson didn't practice today. His return for this week remains in doubt.

"It's not a serious injury it just happens to be in a bad spot for a running back. He's having trouble getting up on his toes and pushing off which is what you do when you run. So we'll give him another day or so and see how he is doing," said Carroll.

Thomas Williams was held out of practice again Tuesday. After practice Carroll said he expects Williams to be available but Clay Mathews will start at outside linebacker.

Shareece Wright is still hampered by his hamstring and will test it on Wednesday. Carroll said it will be tough for Wright to make it back this week.

"He's going to try it tomorrow. He can still feel it. When you have a hammy it's hard to beat two weeks on those deals. He's trying," said Carroll.

Chilo Rachal and Kris O'Dowd will meet with the team doctors later this week but aren't expected back until the Notre Dame game at the earliest.


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