After just a week in camp, the Trojans have suddenly found themselves thin on the offensive line after suffering a rash of injuries.
To get some stability and added depth along the offensive line Coach Carroll has asked defensive tackle Derek Simmons to switch from pressuring the quarterback to protecting him.
"We thought we needed to make the move," Coach Carroll said of asking Simmons to make the position switch. "We are working to see how he likes it. He was great about it and said whatever I have to do help the team."
"With the way things are going we are a little bit light all of the sudden with the inside stuff and not knowing on a couple of guys where we are we thought we needed to make the move," Carroll said after practice on Wednesday.
"I posed it to him that I think this would be important for us if you could do it and secure the depth situation."
The Trojans 2008 recruiting class which was rated as the ninth best by Scout, was filled with star-studded recruits that had a world of potential from Blake Ayles at tight end, to Matt Kalil at offensive tackle and T.J. Bryant at cornerback.
So far this fall the highly touted freshmen have turned all of their potential into success, making several big plays and showing a willingness to compete with the upperclassmen.
"It looks like the recruiting class is really solid throughout," Coach Carroll said with excitement in his voice. "Everybody looks like they have a spot that they can fill and they will be able to fit into the position we had hoped for.
"It just looks like a really solid class for us."
Nearly every practice this fall Coach Carroll has singled out a freshman that was particularly impressive, and today, Drew McAllister received praise for his toughness.
"I really like the play of Drew McAllister," Carroll said. "He sprained his ankle and just practiced today. He toughed it out and made it through it. That is a great sign about his attitude and commitment."
The Trojans have been hard at work preparing for the upcoming season, so tonight the players will get to take a break from the usual grind and head to an IMAX theater and watch The Dark Knight.
The break is well deserved after a week of intense practices and team meetings.
Mitch Mustain had a much better practice on Wednesday afternoon after struggling at Tuesday's scrimmage. Mustain was very accurate during 7-on-7 and connected with Ronald Johnson and Anthony McCoy for touchdown passes during 11-on-11.
Anthony McCoy went up high in the middle of the endzone to pull down the touchdown pass from Mustain.
Mark Sanchez ditched his golf cart and was walking around practice with just a knee brace.
Marc Tyler had his best day of fall camp breaking off a couple of long runs and looked comfortable catching the ball out of the backfield.
Rey Maualuga supplied some excitement when he stepped in the passing lane and intercepted an Aaron Corp pass and returned the pick for a touchdown.
Allen Bradford scored on a short touchdown run during 11-on-11.
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