Tuesday Practice Report

On Tuesday, Mark Sanchez threw to receivers for the first time since his knee injury and tailback C.J. Gable suffered a sprained hip and sprained ankle. Look inside for all the details.

Sanchez Throws to Receivers

Another day another encouraging sign for Mark Sanchez. The redshirt junior quarterback threw to the wide receivers on Tuesday for the first time since being sidelined with a dislocated kneecap.

"I felt good throwing today," Sanchez said. "I felt in rhythm and my arm strength feels fine. Hopefully I will be able to do a little more tomorrow.

"It was good to get back in the team setting and call plays."

Sanchez pushed himself today throwing over 30 passes during drills and the focus now will be on how his knee responds to the workout.

"We need to see how he responds to the work that he did today," Coach Carroll said.

After practice, Sanchez remained in high spirits and was very optimistic about the pace of his recovery.

"It's a plus that I am on my feet this early doing as much as I am," Sanchez said. "We are ahead of schedule."

When asked if he would be in the starting lineup against Virginia, Sanchez smiled and replied, "It's a definite possibility. The way things are headed this is looking good."

Gable Suffers Two Sprains

USC tailback C.J. Gable suffered a pair of sprains when he was tackled by defensive end Wes Horton and fell to the ground during Tuesday's practice.

Gable went down immediately and stayed on the ground for several minutes before he was helped off the field by the training staff.

"It was very awkward the way he hit the ground," Pete Carroll said after practice.

Gable met with team doctors and determined that he had a sprained left hip and a sprained left ankle.

"I think his hip is the worst part," said team doctor James Tibone after examining Gable.

Gable appeared in three games last year but received a medical redshirt for the 2007 season after suffering a season-ending injury.

Thursday Scrimmage is Open to the Public

The Trojans are holding a scrimmage on Thursday that is free and open to the public. The team will arrive at Coliseum at 1:45 p.m. for the "Trojan Walk" and the kickoff is set for 3:36 p.m..

Come out to the Coliseum and see the Trojans before they head to Charlottesville to take on the Virginia Cavaliers on August 30th.

Notes from the Field

Walking Wounded: Cary Harris, Michael Morgan, Trey Henderson, Chris Galippo, Luthur Brown, Brain Baucham, Matt Meyer, Michael Reardon and Mark Sanchez were among the players that didn't participate in practice on Tuesday.

Kicking Game: Joe Houston and Jordan Congdon were both perfect kicking field goals on Tuesday. Houston connected on field goal attempts of 21 and 32 yards and Houston made kicks of 24 and 37 yards.

Safety Kevin Ellison, who is one of the hardest working players on the entire team, got the day off from practice to rest his body. Coach Carroll occasionally gives individual players a rest during fall camp to keep them fresh.

Brian Cushing was ready to play during the inside run period. Cushing flew into the backfield and stuffed Joe McKnight for a loss on the second play of the day.

Safety Will Harris had two interceptions today.

Jimmy Miller continued to look good in the passing game. The veteran tight end caught two start passes from Mitch Mustain during 7-on-7 drawing a loud cheer from Brennan Carroll.

Travon Patterson had another solid performance on Tuesday. Patterson turned a few short passes into long gains with his speed and elusiveness.

The defense once again got the best of the offense today. Clay Matthews supplied plenty of pressure on the quarterbacks coming up with at least 2 sacks on the day.

Rhett Ellison is quietly putting together a very impressive fall camp. Ellison caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Corp.

Freshman tight end Blake Ayles also added a short touchdown reception from Mitch Mustain. Mustian also connected with Damian Williams for a short touchdown pass.

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