Monday Practice Report

The Trojans prepared to play crosstown rival UCLA with a intense practice on Monday. SCPlaybook's Kevin Carden brings you all the news and notes from Howard Jones Field.

Davis Named Mackey Award Finalist

USC tight end Fred Davis was named a finalist for the Mackey Award, which is given to the nation's top tight end. Wisconsin's Travis Beckum and Missouri's Martin Rucker were also named finalists for the award.

On the year Davis has a team-high 49 receptions for 753 yards and 6 TD's.

The winner of the Mackey Award will be announced Dec.6th on the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show.

Jackson Named Player of the Week

USC defensive end Lawrence Jackson had the best game of his career last Thursday recording 4 sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss. Jackson's 4 sacks were the most by a Trojan since Tim Ryan had 4 against UCLA in 1989. Jackson also set a new school record with his 5.5 tackles for loss.

The senior defensive end was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week and the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week for his record breaking performance against Arizona State.

USC Motivated by Revenge?

Many Trojan fans have talked about getting revenge for the Trojans' shocking 13-9 loss at the hands of the Bruins last year. After Monday's practice Pete Carroll insisted that the Trojans' coaches won't use revenge as a motivational tool this year.

"Not a bit. We don't have to talk about it. I don't talk about anything that has happened in the past. So I am not going to talk about that," said Carroll.

When asked what lessons can be learned from last year's loss Carroll replied, "We have seen them play great football so we have a lot of respect for what they can do. If anything that's what you take from last year. You know that they are good enough to throw up a heck of a football game and beat you."

Carroll Favors a Playoff

Pete Carroll has always claimed that he knew nothing about the BCS system or how the computers work. On Monday Carroll said that he would prefer a playoff system to decide the national championship in college football.

"A playoff system is one that would tell you who is playing the best at the end of the year, who is the best team and who is the hardest to beat at the end of the whole thing. That's all any of us would ever want," Carroll said. "Every coach in America would say the same thing ‘we just want a chance to play for it.' This may be one of the better examples in years to make the statement."

Injury Update

USC linebacker Keith Rivers (ankle) was able to practice on Monday and after practice he said that his ankle wasn't as sore as he expected it to be. Rivers said he plans on playing Saturday against UCLA.

Left tackle Sam Baker (hamstring) also practiced and is expected to start against the Bruins. Baker stayed after practice to get extra work with linebacker Thomas Williams.

Defensive Tackle Fili Moala didn't practice and said he was still feeling the effects of the concussion that he suffered against Arizona State. "Right now I still feel a little out of it but for the most part my head is feeling better," said Moala.

Moala underwent tests on Monday and will see if he is able to run later in the week. "They want to see me running around and stuff like that and see if it comes back or if I get dizzy," explains Moala. "I'm just trying to get better as fast I can."

Practice Notes

Mark Sanchez connected with Vidal Hazelton for a deep pass during 11-on-11 drills.

Cornerback Shareece Wright was very active in practice breaking up three passes.

Will Harris and Thomas Williams each had an interception.

Joe Mc Knight looked focused at practice breaking off a couple of big runs.

Patrick Turner had the catch of the day flying high over Vincent Joseph to pull in a touchdown pass from John David Booty.


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