Ain't It Good to Be Back Home Again?
After a few days off, the Trojans took to the practice field again, to begin preparations for their showdown against the Illinois Fighting Illini at the 94th Annual Rose Bowl on New Years Day, 2008. With temperatures in the 54-degree range, it was a little nippy on Howard Jones Field.
The Ricky Rosas' Saga Continues
Since being featured on USC Fan Websites, the Los Angeles Times featured a story on Thanksgiving Day about volunteer Gatorade bartender/office assistant, Ricky Rosas. His story has now gained more than a full head of steam. CNN featured Rosas during Troy Week and now ESPN will air a segment on him during the Rose Bowl's Gameday scheduling.
The icing for this cake will culminate with the
Holiday Drive For Ricky Rosas and Family
Sunday, December 16, 2007
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Los Angeles Sports Arena
Parking Lot 6 Area (Look for the USC Tent)
Business As Usual
John David Booty returned to the first unit as the team starts its preparations for the Rose Bowl and looked sharp in his return. Booty said, "I feel like I'm where I need to be at this time of the year and going into this game, just like I did last year."
Coach Carroll stated that they will continue to give underclassmen a chance to practice and understand the preparations for a major bowl game. Transfer students Mitch Mustain, Damian Williams and Jordan Congdon, however will not be able to participate in practice once finals are completed (per NCAA rules).
A high school football team from South Pointe High School, Phoenix, Arizona attended part of Friday's practice. The team was in town with "Project Now" to attend the Los Angeles Black Expo.
Said Booty, "I feel real good, a couple weeks after that last game (vs. UCLA), you're not sore anymore when you get up in the morning. We're not ‘banging' each other like you try to do during the course of the week, until we get closer to the game."
Quarterback John David Booty will lead the Trojans at the 94th Annual Rose Bowl
Booty continued, "I think guys are moving fast and trying to get an idea of what we're trying to get done as far as the game plan goes. Guys are getting healthy, you know guys were fighting through things (injuries), just to play, you could see it in their eyes, things weren't quite right, you look at those guys now, they're smiling and enjoying themselves because they're healthy."
Brian Cushing Healing and Discusses Season-Long Injury
After spending much of the season injured, Brian Cushing appears to be regaining his strength. Said Cushing, "I have to do what I can do, it's not going to be a hundred percent until next season. It's unfortunate that it happened (the injury), but I just have to do what I can do."
After the long layoff between games, Brian Cushing wants to 'play his best ball' at the 94th Annual Rose Bowl Game
Cushing explained, "It was a small fracture and a really bad high ankle sprain, I had to be patient and coming back too early wasn't the smartest thing to do. I was just impatient and like any other football player, I just wanted to get back out there and play. I just have to do what I can do now."
"I'm excited about the game, I'm excited about the match-up. I just want to go out there and play my best ball. I try to do that every game, but the Rose Bowl is a special game, not very many teams get to play there. I'm looking forward to this January 1st game."