Rose Bowl Practice 4: Year Winds Down

Saturday practice was short (1-1/2 hours) but fast and intense. With just one full practice left, the excitement and intensity builds around the football team. Emotions are at a high pitch as the Trojans wrap up the second to the last full practice at Howard Jones Field.

Rose Bowl Practice 4: Saturday Roundup

Clay de Leon Highlights Saturday Practice from Howard Jones Field

Practice was short (1-1/2 hours) but fast and intense. With just one full practice left, the excitement and intensity builds around the football team. Emotions are at a high pitch as the Trojans wrap up the second to the last full practice at Howard Jones Field.

Patrick Turner Gives it a Try

Patrick Turner was on the field with pads, trying to make a comeback. When describing his day's work, Turner said, "It's going alright, it's progressing, I just have to keep working, hopefully it'll be okay by game time." When asked how much work he got accomplished, he replied, "I just did warm-ups and tried to do a little bit of individual (workout), I just worked on my quad."

About Turner, Pete Carroll said, "He ran a little bit, not enough to really make a dent, we'll see how he does tomorrow. He's dying to play in the game, we'll just see what happens, see how he does."

Faces in the Crowd

Brent Musburger was on the sidelines observing today's practice. T.J. Simers also attended his first USC practice of the year. Pete Carroll questioned Simers, asking him if he came out just to get Carroll's opinion on the Rick Neuheisel hire across town. It is interesting that Simers has not been to any practices until today.

Minor Fender Benders

On the sidelines, for at least a little while was Brent Yoshida, who was shaken up on a play and Joe McKnight, who was fitted with a knee brace as a precautionary measure. Jeff Byers worked out with an elbow brace.

Special Teams

Kickoff unit: Ronald Johnson returned three kicks and Desmond Reed had two. Joe McKnight and Desmond Reed retuned punts. Malcolm Smith blocked a punt in the endzone.

Position Drills

While throwing passes for the service team, quarterback Pete Carroll was intercepted by Terrell Thomas and Taylor Mays. Thomas also broke up a pass.


Quarterback Pete Carroll threw up some interceptions today

Against the Scout Team

Defense: Shareece Wright was hitting hard, Everson Griffin played fast and sacked quarterback Aaron Corp.

Offense: John David Booty threw touchdown passes to Vidal Hazelton and Stanley Havili. David Ausberry caught one in the sky over a defender.

Practice Winding Down

During the full team session, Booty passed to Desmond Reed and Fred Davis. Hershel Dennis got off a couple of nice runs. Practice ended early, at just about 3:00 p.m. There will be just one final practice tomorrow on campus, then a closed walk-through on Monday.


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