Wednesday Practice Report

The USC Trojans had a spirited practice on Wednesday that featured several of the Trojans' young players. SCPlaybook's Kevin Carden brings you all the action from Howard Jones Field.

The Springdale Connection

A familiar sight for anyone who has attended practice this year has been Damian Williams continually catching deep touchdown passes from fellow Arkansan Mitch Mustain.

"There is no doubt that they have played together. I mean you can just tell," Pete Carroll said. Mitch (Mustain) counts on Damian (Williams) big time."

The two transfers from Arkansas have been in sync all year and have really provided a good test for USC's starting defense.

"Every time they hookup on something special, which we have seen a bunch of during service team, we always give them a hard time about the Springdale connection," said Carroll. "They are both very talented."

Marc Tyler Showing His Skills

Every time the Trojans have a bye week Pete Carroll takes the opportunity to get an extended look at the younger players. During this week's practice Marc Tyler has benefited from being the Trojans featured running back.

Tyler has had a very productive week of practice and looks to be fully recovered from his leg injury that sidelined him early in the year.

After practice Pete Carroll assessed Tyler's running style.

"I think he (Marc Tyler) looks like kind of a classic tailback, more in the mold of Chauncey (Washington). He can do all of the stuff. I think he is going to be a good blocker. He can catch the football fine. So we will be able to throw the ball to him," said Carroll. "I think he is going to probably weigh about 225 lbs. and be a pretty good size kid."

Injury Update

Since the Trojans have a week off several players have been given time off from practice to rest their various bumps and bruises. Sedrick Ellis, Taylor Mays, Keith Rivers, Alfred Rowe, and Stafon Johnson were among the players held out of Wednesday's practice.

Taylor Mays was resting his ankle on Wednesday. After practice Pete Carroll explained that Mays could have practiced but was kept out as a precaution.

"His ankle is a little bit sore. He tried to go yesterday and he made it through it alright," Pete Carroll said. "So he can practice but it wasn't helping him out so we will sit him out."

Kyle Moore hasn't practice this week because he has been experiencing discomfort in his hand after getting hit on his ulnar nerve.

"He got hit on the ulnar nerve and it's just caused some real discomfort with his hand movements. So he is wearing a special brace for it right now," said Pete Carroll. "He could still clasp real well. He doesn't open his hand as well as he would like to."

Carroll said they won't know the severity of Moore's injury until he undergoes test next week.

"He's got a test coming up. I think it's like Monday or something like that. They had to wait a certain amount of time to test this thing and find out what kind of activity there is in the nerve," explained Carroll. "I don't know what that means for the game but he played with it last week."

Keith Rivers wore a boot on his injured ankle at Wednesday's practice but Pete Carroll said he would try and return to practice on Sunday.

Sedrick Ellis also took the day off to rest his sore knee.

Coaches Hit the Recruiting Trail

The Trojans have a bye this Saturday so that means the USC coaches will hit the recruiting trail this weekend.

"A bunch of games Thursday and Friday and Saturday, so we are going to head out of here after practice tomorrow. There are some playoffs starting so we've got some real good games to go to. Friday we will be out on the road hitting schools and all that kind of stuff."

The USC coaches will be working hard to add commitments to the 2008 recruiting class that is currently ranked fourth in the nation by Scout.com.

Practice Notes

Brandon Carswell and Damian Williams got work returning punts. Carswell is redshirting and Williams has to sit out this year but both will be in the mix to return punts next season.

Mark Sanchez, Aaron Corp and Mitch Mustain all took reps with the first team offense today. All three quarterbacks looked sharp throughout practice. Corp continued to show his mobility with an impressive scramble on the last play of practice.

Corp connected with Damian Williams and Brandon Carswell for touchdown passes, Mustain threw a strike to Patrick Turner for a touchdown and Sanchez hit a streaking Patrick Turner for a touchdown.

Averell Spicer filled in for Sedrick Ellis at defensive tackle and had two tackles for loss.

David Buehler made 2 of 4 field goal attempts at practice, connecting on field goals of 20 and 37 yards.


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