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
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.
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.
Safety Will Harris had two interceptions today.
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.