USC Scrimmage Report

The Trojans first scrimmage at the Coliseum was dominated by the play of the defense. Kevin Carden was there and brings you all the news, notes and quotes from the field.

Offense Struggles

The Trojans offense struggled to move the ball with any consistency and was only able to muster one touchdown in Tuesday's 57-play scrimmage at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

"We didn't get much done today," Head Coach Pete Carroll said of the offense. "We were very sluggish."

USC quarterbacks Aaron Corp and Mitch Mustain weren't able to produce a single scoring drive, and both signal-callers had costly turnovers in the red zone.

"I think we have got to execute a lot better," said Mitch Mustain, who completed 9 of 13 pass attempts for 94 yards and an interception. "We didn't have a lot of points and we had a couple of turnovers in the red zone, stuff that will get us beat."

The lone touchdown of the day came when Garrett Green found Brandon Carswell behind the defense for a 43-yard score.

"He's been doing really well just making this quick transition," Carroll said of Green, who was forced to move from wide receiver to quarterback when Sanchez went down.

The offensive struggles weren't a total surprise since it was the first game action of the fall and quarterbacks Mitch Mustain and Aaron Corp were thrust into the spotlight just days earlier due to Mark Sanchez's knee injury.

"It's just simple stuff that we will have to pick up on. I think we will do better," said Mitch Mustain. "We've got time and it was our first big scrimmage. We will improve."

"It's just a matter of going into the film room and seeing how we can improve," Aaron Corp added.

After the scrimmage, Pete Carroll praised the play of the defense and when asked about the offensive struggles replied, "I'm not worried, because it's so early in camp. We'll be fine."

While both quarterbacks weren't on the top of their games they did have positive moments and are gaining valuable experience leading the offense while Mark Sanchez is sidelined.

Sanchez Status

USC Head Coach Pete Carroll was very optimistic when asked about the status of starting quarterback Mark Sanchez.

"He's looking better. He's walking around, he's starting to move and he feels better," Carroll said. "It seems like a month but it is like day three or four from the injury.

"He's got a great attitude about it. I can't imagine this is going to tie him down for a long time. I think he is going to be alright."

Campbell Making Noise

The defense really dominated the day at the Coliseum and one player that continued to impress the coaching staff was linebacker Jordan Campbell.

Listed at 5-11, 230 pounds, Campbell isn't the biggest linebacker but he has great instincts and is really beginning to get comfortable with the defensive scheme after spending his freshman year at fullback.

"One of the guys that jumped out today was Jordan Campbell. I thought he had a particularly good scrimmage," Pete Carroll said of Campbell, who had 3 tackles, two of which were for losses. "He has done very well in practice and shows great instincts.

"He really showed up to me. Usually not many guys catch my eye but he did."

Walking Wounded

Everson Griffen, Michael Reardon, Blake Ayles, Jordan Cameron, Vidal Hazelton, Clay Matthews, Brice Butler, Alex Parsons, Tyron Smith, Trey Henderson, Matt Meyer, Luthur Brown, Chris Galippo and Josh Pinkard were among the players that didn't participate in Tuesday's scrimmage.

Notes from the Coliseum

The defense really dominated the day. Brian Baucham made a diving interception of a Mitch Mustain pass in the endzone to end the offensive drive. Brian Cushing also stopped the offense in the redzone by recovering a fumbled snap.

The freshmen defensive linemen continued to show great progress and put in an impressive performance.

Aaron Corp showed off his athleticism today by scrambling away from pressure and rushed for 26 yards on 7 carries.

Travon Patterson was the most consistent target today at wide receiver. Patterson ended the day with a team-high 4 catches for 49 yards.

Brandon Carswell had the play of the day for the offense when he beat the defense for a 43-yard touchdown reception from Garrett Green.

Defensive linemen Derek Simmons had 2 sacks on the day.

Malcolm Smith had a team-high 4 tackles and also added a pass deflection.

USC commit Matt Barkley was spotted in the stands watching the Trojans scrimmage.


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