October 23, 2007
Today's practice was a little more intense as the team prepares to meet the University of Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium. The game will be telecast from Eugene, Oregon at 12:00 p.m. PST, on Fox Sports Net. Check your local listings.
Faces in the Crowd
It's been several months – since Marc Tyler joined the Trojans. His father, Wendell Tyler, former UCLA Bruin, Los Angeles Ram and San Francisco 49er has attended some of the USC practices since. It's always pleasant to see Wendell Tyler on the sidelines, considering his rich football past.
Johnny Morton, the USC Alumnus and former wide receiver attended today's practice. After practice, Morton spent time working with current wide receiver, Ronald Johnson.
Players and Injuries
Rachal got upset at one point, feeling some pain in his lower leg. Pete Carroll said Rachal has some swelling in his calf and that they were trying to calm him down. He was frustrated with the injury. Carroll thinks Rachal will be fine, in due time.
John David Booty looked the best he has in weeks. The swelling on his injured finger has subsided considerably. Booty had a good workout and will be evaluated in the coming days.
Special Teams Deja Vu
Greg Woidneck got another punt blocked today, The Trojans need to work on protecting the punters and kickers.
Mark Sanchez got most of the 1st team reps, when Booty got in, a couple balls sailed on him, which is actually a pretty good sign: he is getting some strength back. Both quarterbacks were off the mark today, missing receivers in the field.
As the team period got under way, Matt Spanos, Zack Heberer and Kris O'Dowd was on the sidelines.
The Daily Booty–Sanchez Update
Booty said he felt better this Tuesday, "Last Tuesday I had to shut it down a little bit – it was really bothering me. I'll come back tomorrow and see how I feel."
As far as improvement this week, he said, "Thursday is the best day to tell, I can come back tomorrow and be fine, I can come back Thursday and not be. I think Thursday will tell, exactly where I am and how much progress I've made.
Sanchez continued his mantra, saying he needs to prepare like he is starting. He said, "I have to prepare like that, I had a good day in preparation today, it was okay, the offense looked okay – Tuesdays are the toughest, we'll clean things up tomorrow."
Pete Carroll added his evaluation, "(Booty) felt good early on, I didn't talk to him when it was over, he felt the best that he's felt. We'll see where he is tomorrow and how he responds. He wasn't ‘all the way back'- this was not John at his best. He didn't take any snaps today. We'll see how he does tomorrow."