The most noticeable aspect of walking into Howard Jones-Brian Kennedy Field on Wednesday was the Hip-Hop music blaring through loudspeakers. It's Notre Dame week and Coach Carroll saw to it that music and crowd noise was piped into the practice field. Notre Dame Stadium will be loud when the Trojans take on the Fighting Irish at 12:30 p.m. PST on NBC.
The last time USC invaded South Bend, Matt Leinart, Dwayne Jarrett and Reggie Bush coordinated efforts, which resulted in the "Bush Push" victory for the Trojans. With both teams struggling to get their games on track, combined with history and rivalry, this promises to be another great game.
Sights and Sounds from the Practice Field
There was a sense of light-heartedness as music filled the air of the practice field.
Rey Maualuga moved around a lot smoother today, he didn't practice but participated a little in exercises. Stafon Johnson is slowly recovering but still shows a little limp. John David Booty looked a little better throwing the ball but his middle finger is still swollen. Broderick Green looks happy to be back on the field and he participated in a lot of drills.
It's nice to see Shareece Wright in the swing of things again.
At one point, the Notre Dame Fight Song blared on the PA System. Take that for what it's worth.
The Rumor Mill
Rumors have been circulating that Broderick Green will redshirt this year. Talking to Green, that is not his intention and he wants to get on the playing field. Pete Carroll reinforced that idea when he said Green is determined to play and refuses to redshirt.
And Now, at Center
Alex Parsons snapped the ball a lot today, relieving Matt Spanos who is still recuperating from the 8-stitch cut he got in the Stanford game. Pete Carroll says Parsons is still the first team center, with Keith Byers backing him up.
It shouldn't be too long now for Kris O'Dowd to be able to return.
Nick Howell returned to practice yesterday, he is listed as the third center on the team.
On the Sidelines
Notable Quotes and Quotable Notes
About his recovery, Stafon Johnson said, "I'll push it a little bit and see how it goes." Speaking about Johnson, Pete Carroll commented, "I'm hoping he will show us something tomorrow to give us the confidence that he is okay."
Brian Cushing on Notre Dame, "To play against a good Notre Dame team, it'll be a great opportunity to show what we're all about…Notre Dame's one of the greatest football schools ever…"
Mark Sanchez on Notre Dame, "It's going to be really loud, that's one of the elements I need to be ready for, and the weather, if it rains, more than anything, it's my first start on the road and I just have to prepare for that."
Hitting in practice seems to have lightened a little since the recent rash of injuries has occurred.
Brian Cushing appears to be on the road to recovery, he looked good today.