Rose Bowl Practice 2: Competition Heats Up
The USC Trojans lined up for Day 2 of Rose Bowl Practice and the player of the day was Thomas Williams who was spirited and vocal on the field. Clay Matthews came in a close second when he sacked and toppled Coach Todd McNair during rushing drills.
All is Well in the Land of Troy, Mostly
Patrick Turner is still suffering from a leg injury, and is struggling to get back on the field. Turner was scheduled for another MRI on his upper thigh. He has a fluid build up in his leg. Turner said, "It's just frustrating...I just want to get back out there...you just have to let it heal, it's improving every day." Pete Carroll commented, saying, "Patrick sees the doctor tonight, and hopefully he'll be able to go some tomorrow."
Papadakis Taverna and Other Guests
Team Papadakis was in full force, as father John Papadakis roamed the sidelines. Son, Petros was seen walking the sideline as well. There was a larger crowd in attendance today, as we get closer to the Rose Bowl, the spectator list is growing. Lenny Vandermade, (Offensive lineman, 1999-2003), has been attending practices these last few days.
Chauncey Washington is getting his groove back, taking more turns at tailback, since he had been sidelined for a couple weeks with a hip-pointer.
Team practice was highlighted with a touchdown pass from John David Booty to Fred Davis. When Mark Sanchez took over, Rey Maualuga stepped into the passing lane and intercepted a pass for a touchdown.
Highlight of the Day: Lawry's Beef Bowl
As practice ended, players and coaches rushed to get prepared for the 52nd annual Lawry's Beef Bowl. Coach Carroll predicted that Tiny Malu would win the contest of "Most Carnivorous Football Player." Talk at the tables at Lawry's rumored that Zack Heberer rivaled Malu in that contest.
In the last 52 years, USC has attended more Beef Bowls than any other team. Since the inception of the Rose Bowl, no other team has come close to USC's 31 Rose Bowl appearances. Michigan is a distant 20.