Mitch Mustain and Aaron Corp both had solid performances in Thursday's scrimmage in front of 8,000 fans at the Los Angeles Coliseum, but the biggest quarterback news may have come after the scrimmage was over.
"I was really pleased with Mark (Sanchez) in pre-practice," Coach Carroll said. "He threw 1-on-1's and 7-on-7 today, legitimately threw it and was working and doing some stuff."
"If he makes it back after this work today, I think in the next couple of days he will be practicing full speed with us here," said Carroll.
"He is going to enter back into the mix here when we come around by Monday for sure. That's a big boost to us."
When asked if Sanchez would be the starter at Virginia if he is able to return on Monday, Carroll replied, "If he does all of the work and can handle it, then he is positioning himself to be the No.1 guy."
Gable Feeling Better
Team doctors said the redshirt sophomore had a sprained hip and a sprained ankle.
"I thought I was done but it wasn't that bad though," Gable said.
Two days later, Gable says his ankle is fine, he just has a muscle strain in his hip and plans to return in the very near future.
"I'll be back Monday," Gable said after Thursday's scrimmage. "Tomorrow I am going to see if I can run. If I can run tomorrow, then I am going to practice on Monday."
When asked about the status of his ankle, Gable replied, "It's doesn't hurt anymore, just my hip, that's it."
"We got a real good report on C.J. (Gable), he felt better today even and so we are hoping in the next few days he might be able to come back," Coach Carroll said.
WHITE 28, CARDINAL 7
WHITE – Griffen interception in end zone (Buehler kick)
CARDINAL – Butler 12-yard pass from G. Green (Houston kick)
WHITE – McKnight 6-yard run (Buehler kick)
WHITE – Heberer fumble recovery in end zone (Buehler kick)
WHITE – Goodman 2-yard pass from Mustain (Buehler kick)
Notes from the Field
Walking Wounded: Shareece Wright, Brian Baucham, Fili Moala, Chris Galippo, Luthur Brown, Matt Meyer, Michael Reardon, Cary Harris, David Ausberry, Michael Morgan, Trey Henderson and C.J. Gable were among the players that didn't participate in Thursday's scrimmage.
Aaron Corp got the start on Thursday and had one of his best performances of fall. Corp looked much more comfortable in the pocket, which could be the result of the improved play of the offensive line. On the day Corp completed 8 of his 10 pass attempts for 85 yards.
Mitch Mustain also improved on Thursday. Mustain completed 10 of 14 passes including a 2-yard touchdown to fullback Adam Goodman.
Wide receiver Jordan Cameron had a big day on Thursday. The 6-5, 220-pound receiver caused match up problems all day for the shorter cornerbacks. Cameron got the Cardinal team going with a 32-yard reception from Garrett Green and finished the day with 3 receptions for 81 yards.
Freshman safety Drew McAllister continued to make things happen when he was on the field. The young safety had a game-high 8 tackles including a tackle for loss.
Linebacker Nick Garratt led the White team with 3 tackles and also intercepted Garrett Green on the last play of the scrimmage.
Freshman Blake Ayles once again looked like he is ready to make an immediate impact in the passing game. Ayles had 3 catches for 55 yards.
After the scrimmage, Pete Carroll praised the play of the young tight end, "We really think the world of this kid. I don't have any question that he will help us this year."
Defensive end Kyle Moore sacked Garrett Green and also deflected a pass that Everson Griffen intercepted in the end zone for a touchdown.
Jordan Campbell was all over the field again on Thursday. The redshirt freshman recorded 5 tackles including a tackle for loss.
Running back Joe McKnight got into the action with some big plays and a little scuffle. McKnight had 3 carries for 32 yards including a 6-yard touchdown run in which he danced up the middle for a score.
McKnight also got into a scuffle with injured linebacker Luthur Brown when he was knocked out of bounds at the end of a run.
Legendary linebacker Dick Butkus was in attendance to watch the Trojans scrimmage and spoke to the linebackers at the conclusion of the action.
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