The story of spring camp to this point has been the spectacular play of running back Allen Bradford. Bradford, who got lost in a crowded backfield last season, has played with a new focus and intensity this spring.
"I came out here this spring and tried to be really focused on what I got to do and come out here and really run hard," Bradford said.
The junior running back has been through tough times at USC but feels that this spring is his time to show that he can compete for playing time at tailback.
"I feel that me sticking it out shows what kind of player and person I am and how determined I am," he said. "I'm going to go continue to go out there everyday and give it my all."
Everyday this spring he has opened eyes with big plays and Friday was no different as he had the play of the day when he raced up the middle on a draw play and showed off his speed by sprinting past the defense untouched for a 30-yard touchdown.
"This off-season I worked really hard on my speed. Last year I was around 230, but now I am about 223 or 224," Bradford said with a smile.
"This spring the door is wide open and I am just trying to seize the opportunity."
All three of the Trojans quarterbacks struggled at times with their accuracy at practice Friday and missed a lot of open receivers.
"I thought we were a little inaccurate throwing the ball. We were behind guys a lot with the football and I think it was a number of guys," Pete Carroll said after practice. "All three of the guys threw some balls that weren't as sharp and it was the first day in pads so they can feel the rush a little bit more, which it takes a little bit to get used to."
Like Coach Carroll explained it was the first time in shoulder pads this spring and the pass rush was much more intense today so the quarterback's struggles wasn't a big surprise.
Offensive Line vs. Defensive Line
The big guys up front had some nasty battles in the trenches during one-on-one drills. Overall, the defensive line got the best of the offensive guys but there were some big-time match ups.
On the defensive side, Kyle Moore and Christian Tupou looked dominant at times. Tupou was matched up with Michael Reardon and won both battles. Kyle Moore, who has really emerged as a veteran leader on the defensive line got the best of Kris O'Dowd and anyone else that got in his way.
Special Teams Report
Cooper Stephenson has been working as the long-snapper on the punt team.
Notes from the Field
- Tight ends Anthony McCoy and Rhett Ellison continue to impress with their passing catching abilities. Both had several catches today and McCoy made a tough catch on the sidelines that led to a touchdown for the offense.
- Big Broderick Green ran over the defense to score from 3 yards out on the last play of practice.
- Gerald Washington and Clay Matthews supplied plenty of pressure on the quarterbacks off the edge. Matthews and Washington both had multiple sacks. Washington also batted down a pass and had a very productive practice.
- Safety Kevin Ellison intercepted a Mark Sanchez pass during 11-on-11 drills.
Faces in the Crowd
Uona Kaveinga attended practice on Friday. Kaveinga, the hard-hitting linebacker from Leuzinger High School that committed to theTrojans on Signing Day, was on the sidelines watching Ken Norton coach up the linebackers. The four-star linebacker certainly passes the eyeball test.
Inglewood wide receiver Shaquelle Evans was on hand to take in the Trojans practice. Evans, who attended several USC games and practices last season, is the top rated wide receiver in the West by Scout.
Former USC cornerback Terrell Thomas stopped by to watch his former teammates get ready for the 2008 season. Thomas has been preparing for the NFL Draft.