Friday Practice Report

USC offensive lineman Jeff Byers participated in full-contact drills for the first time this fall and Pete Carroll said Mark Sanchez could return by next week. Look inside for all the news, notes and quotes from Friday's practice.

Byers Back in Action

USC offensive lineman Jeff Byers saw his first action in full-contact drills of the fall on Friday, after missing nearly a month with Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

"Obviously, it's great to get back out there," Byers said. "I have a lot to work on, but just getting back out there, and feeling like a part of the group is always a great feeling."

The return of the veteran lineman will give a big boost to the Trojans offensive line that has suffered a rash of injuries since the start of fall camp.

"It's awesome that he is coming back out here," Coach Carroll said after practice. "I think they have done a great job of working him back in and now he has practiced today.

"We really enjoy his experience because we are such a young group. It's just a big boost for us experience-wise."

Sanchez Could Return Next Week

For the second straight day quarterback Mark Sanchez has gone through agility drills and taken some drops with the training staff as part of his rehabilitation for his injured knee.

"He's doing great. The doctors couldn't be happier with what's happening," Coach Carroll said after Friday's practice. "The key is to have no setbacks now."

Sanchez showed good mobility while going through drills on the sidelines and is already ahead of schedule in his recovery.

Coach Carroll remains optimistic that the redshirt junior quarterback will have a speedy recovery and even said he wouldn't be surprised to see Sanchez back by next week.

"I bet you sometime the middle of next week he will be doing stuff," said Carroll.

Notes from the Field

Walking Wounded: Alex Parsons, Michael Reardon, Matt Meyer, Trey Henderson, Michael Morgan, Mark Sanchez and Malik Jackson were among the players that didn't participate in practice on Friday.

Faces in the Crowd: Legendary USC quarterback Pat Hayden and Director of the Trojan Marching Band, Dr. Arthur C. Bartner attended the Trojans practice on Friday.

USC commit Byron Moore also stopped by to watch practice.

Tailback C.J. Gable had a solid performance on Friday. Gable rushed up the middle, racing past defenders on his way to a 25-yard touchdown run. On the next play, Gable took the ball, bounced outside and raced to the endzone for the 2-point conversion.

Brian Cushing continues to show great leadership and attitude on the defensive side of the ball. Cushing chased down Broderick Green in the backfield and stopped the big running back for a loss.

Cushing also recovered a fumble after Marsahall Jones stripped Blake Ayles. Ayles then slammed Cushing to the ground, something you don't see very often.

Linebacker Kaluka Maiava also got into the action flying up from his linebacker spot to stop Marc Tyler for a loss of three yards.

The Trojans put a lot of pressure on the quarterbacks today. Shareece Wright, Everson Griffen and DaJohn Harris all had a quarterback sack. Uona Kaveinga and Christian Tupou each had two quarterback sacks.

Joe McKnight had a short touchdown run during 11-on-11. Aaron Corp also had a short touchdown run.

The Trojans scrimmage at the Coliseum on Saturday has been changed to a 7 p.m. start.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions you can reach Kevin Carden
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