Wednesday Practice Report

USC quarterback Mark Sanchez threw for the second day in a row on Wednesday. The redshirt junior saw action during the 7-on-7 drills making yet another step in his rehabilitation process. Look inside for news on Sanchez, the offensive line and more.

Sanchez Throws in 7-on-7

USC quarterback Mark Sanchez threw for the second day in a row on Wednesday. The redshirt junior saw action during the 7-on-7 drills making yet another step in his rehabilitation process.

"His arm was alive and ripping. I don't know how he could have done better today," Coach Carroll said. "I think he looked great.

"He really was able to handle the tempo of the things that we did."

After practice, Sanchez said he was pleased with his performance and reported that he hasn't experienced any swelling in his injured knee.

"It felt good, a little rusty and my timing was a little off but that is a little bit expected," Sanchez said. "My leg felt great. I didn't even think twice about it.

"I was just worried about completing the ball. I didn't even think about my leg."

Coach Carroll said they don't want Sanchez to do too much but are very encouraged by his progress.

"He's gaining confidence in what he can do," Carroll said. "Obviously, we are still limiting him but he doesn't have a limp or any of that stuff."

Offensive Line Coming Together

Throughout fall camp the offensive line has struggled with injuries, missed assignments and the USC defense.

"They had a real good spring but when we came back out here the first week or so they were struggling," said Coach Carroll. "They were struggling with the defense and struggling with the tempo of the defensive front."

The group that was one of the question marks coming into fall camp has taken their lumps, but are coming together now that they have had some stability.

"By far the most improved group on this field is the offensive line," Coach Carroll was pleased to announce on Wednesday. "In the last four days they have just looked different. Their confidence is up."

In the last four days the offensive line has received a major boost from the return of Alex Parsons, Tyron Smith and the veteran of the group, Jeff Byers.

"It is interesting that it started the day that Jeff (Byers) came back on the practice field," said Carroll. "I think that is part of it, but it's not all of it.

"The pass protection is way better than what it was a week ago. It's the most encouraging part of all of camp that we have made that shift."

Carroll said it always takes a while for a new offensive line to gel and they are also being tested by a vey good defense.

"We have organized practices and structured them to make sure they are tested properly."

Notes from the Field

Freshman safety Drew McAllister came up with another interception on Wednesday. The promising young safety intercepted a pass from Mitch Mustain that was intended for Damian Williams.

Tight end Jimmy Miller had a pair of nice catches on passes from Mitch Mustain. Miller has really been a target for the quarterbacks lately.

David Buehler connected on field goal attempts of 27, 32 and 35 yards today. Buehler has been incredibly consistent this fall.

Anthony McCoy showed good hands today pulling in a pass from Aaron Corp in traffic for a big gain.

Rey Maualuga and Kyle Moore stripped Joe McKnight. Moore recovered the fumble and raced the other way during 11-on-11.

Aaron Corp threw a touchdown pass to Damian Williams and hit Travon Patterson for a 2-point conversion. Corp also connected with Vidal Hazelton for a score.

Mitch Mustain connected with Jordan Cameron for a touchdown during 11-on-11.

Defensive end Andrew Weiss had one of the big plays of the day when he intercepted a Mitch Mustain pass.

The Trojans will be at the Coliseum on Thursday for a 3:30 scrimmage that is open to the public. Aaron Corp will get the start at quarterback.

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