Saturday Practice Report

The Trojans had another intense practice on Saturday highlighted by the physical running of Allen Bradford and the flashy playmaking ability of Joe McKnight and Travon Patterson. Looking inside for all the news and notes from Howard Jones Field.

Bradford Providing the Power

Junior tailback Allen Bradford started his career at USC as a safety, so it is no surprise that he brings a defensive mentality to the offensive side of the ball.

"I love defense and I know how they are and how physical they are so I try and match their physicality and intensity," said Bradford.

The 5-11, 225-pound back has continued his successful offseason with a quick start to fall camp. Bradford got the offense ignited with his physical running on Saturday.

"Coach McNair just told me to go out there and try and make a physical play each day, at least one physical play," said Bradford, who has been the most physical back this fall. "He wants me to be the enforcer of the running backs."

Bradford gives the USC offense some toughness and attitude when he is on the field. On Saturday, he broke off two separate long gains after running through linebacker Ross Cummings and defensive tackle Averell Spicer.

"I go out there and try and make a play and run somebody over," Bradford said with a grin after practice.

Patterson Making Plays

With Travon Patterson healthy and performing at a high level so far this fall, the shifty wide receiver provides the Trojans with a player that can turn a short pass into a big gain, something that the receiving corps lacked last season.

"Once I catch the ball I'm just thinking of scoring," Patterson said after his impressive performance on Saturday. "I have to do whatever I can to get in the endzone so we can put some points on the board."

Patterson is going to have to battle to get on the field because of the depth at the wide receiver position but he has certainly been making a strong case early in fall camp.

He made several nice plays at practice on Saturday including pulling in a pass from Aaron Corp and racing past the defense for a touchdown.

Injury News

USC quarterback Mark Sanchez (dislocated kneecap) and Brice Butler (sprained ankle) cruised around the practice field on a golf cart going from drill to drill. Sanchez was in good spirits today, coaching his teammates from the cart.

After practice, Pete Carroll said he is already progressing and will start his rehab on Monday.

Freshman cornerback T.J. Bryant didn't participate in practice today because of what Pete Carroll called "an irritation from the stuff he was wearing out here." Bryant is expected to be back at full speed soon.

Tailback Marc Tyler missed practice today after suffering a mild concussion.

Tyron Smith, Trey Henderson, Luthur Brown and Chris Galippo were also held out of practice.

Notes from the Field

Joe McKnight looked electric with the ball in his hands again today. Pete Carroll lit up when ask about the play of McKnight. "Joe looks great," Carroll said. "If you can imagine he's twenty-pounds heavier than last year and he looks faster than ever."

Ronald Johnson, Joe McKnight, D.J. Shoemate, Stafon Johnson and C.J. Gable all worked returning kicks.

Garrett Green practiced today as the third string quarterback. Green rolled out and connected with Brandon Carswell for a touchdown early in practice.

Cornerback Cary Harris was all over the field making plays today. He stepped in front of Mitch Mustain pass on the sideline and returned the interception for a touchdown.

Christian Tupou and Kyle Moore both had quarterback sacks.

Stanley Havili caught a perfectly placed pass from Mitch Mustain and raced up the seam for a touchdown.

C.J. Gable took a short pass from Aaron Corp and juked several defenders on his way to the end zone.

Pete Carroll's assessment of Aaron Corp and Mitch Mustain:

"They are working hard. They are learning their stuff and they are both able to make plays everyday out here. There is obviously some times when they are struggling with the installation.

"The sense of urgency is obvious. They are studying every minute that they have and they are looking at the film and doing everything they can to get ready." Top Stories