Team has a light practice then attends Tennis Match at Marks Stadium
Leading into the final scrimmage tomorrow, "The Huddle" at the Historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the football team had its lightest practice to date. Coaches drilled positions for half of the practice, then went into a series of team practice (11-on-11's) and ended the session. All told, the team was on the field for about 90 minutes.
Going Through the Motions
Before today's practice, coaches mentioned it would be a light day on the field. The players came out without pads, and little to no contact was done during practice time. Saturday marks the last day of practice, at the Coliseum, gates open at 10:00 a.m. and the scrimmage begins at 11:00 a.m.
After warm-ups and stretching, the team broke into positions and practiced technique. Quarterbacks practiced pass patterns with receivers, running backs were drilled, linemen practiced blocking and rushing, defensive backs and linebackers worked rushing and pass coverage.
A Few Series of Downs
Each quarterback led the team on a few series of downs, practicing plays and game-like situations. Mark Sanchez, in his new role as starting quarterback, led the first team offense against the second defense for a couple series of downs. Sanchez took most of the first team reps.
Mitch Mustain worked with the second offense and led them against the first team defense for three series of downs. On his fourth and final series, Mustain led the first team offense.
Aaron Corp led a couple of series with the second unit.
Short Highlight Film
Because there was low contact, most of practice was running through offensive plays.
Sanchez: Brandon Carswell caught a long pass from Mark Sanchez for a touchdown of about 60 yards.
Corp: Stafon Johnson had a long gainer on a pitch out from Aaron Corp. Corp also suffered a fumbled snap.
Mustain: Mustain's second series was futile, with a couple of incompletions and a sack by Christian Tupou.
Corp: The lone highlight for Corp's second series was a 7-yard scramble by the quarterback.
Sanchez: On his final series of the day, Sanchez completed a pass to Damian Williams for a 10-yard gain. He also threw a precision pass to Ronald Johnson for 10 yards and to Vidal Hazelton for a long gain.
Mustain: Mustain's third series was again unimpressive; he completed a pass to Hazelton for about 7 yards, fumbled a bad shotgun snap and pitched the ball to Marc Tyler for a short gain.
Mustain: Mitch Mustain worked with the first unit for his final series (Sanchez sat out the last set of downs). Damian Williams caught an impressive catch on the sidelines for about 15 yards, but the catch was ruled out-of-bounds. A pass was tipped and nearly intercepted by Chris Galippo. McCoy caught a pass for 12 yards and another for 3 yards. When the drive stuttered, the kicking unit came out for a field goal attempt from the 35-yard line, which was successful.
Corp: Aaron Corp had a short series, culminating with an interception by Daniel Harper, ending the day's work.
See Ya Tomorrow
The team then gathered and huddled around Coach Carroll. After a short dissertation by the coach, the team dispersed into positions, as is the normal routine. Following this ritual, however, the team broke into two groups, presumably the 1st team and 2nd team. After short huddles, the two teams rushed each other from opposite ends of the field, mocking an on-field battle. The day's work ended and the team walked over to enjoy the tennis match at Marks Stadium between the #2 Trojans and #3 UCLA Bruins.
Gates open at the Coliseum at 10:00 a.m. for an 11:00 a.m. kickoff for "The Huddle," the end of spring final scrimmage.