Saturday Practice: The End of Fall Camp

On Saturday, fall camp came to a close with a spirited practice in which Mark Sanchez looked sharp. Look inside for all the news, notes and quotes from Howard Jones Field.

Camp Ends, Virginia Prep Begins

Saturday's practice marked the end of the Trojans' eventful fall camp that saw new playmakers emerge at several different positions, the starting quarterback go down with an injury and many questions answered.

"This has been a very good camp for us," Coach Carroll said. "We are pretty much ready to go here in terms of the big areas."

With fall camp coming to a close the Trojans will now shift their focus to preparing for the season opener at Virginia on Aug. 30th.

"For the most part the installation of the game plan is done but that doesn't mean much unless we can do it right," Carroll said.

The one question that still needs to be answered is the availability of Mark Sanchez at the quarterback spot.

Sanchez participated in the entire practice on Saturday, throwing the ball with authority and accuracy, and it appears that he is ready to be the starter against Virginia, barring any setbacks.

"This is what we were hoping for," Carroll said of Sanchez's strong performance, which included Sanchez diving to the ground to recover a fumbled snap. "We were hoping to get some indication before we went into game week and we were able to do that. It worked out beautifully."

The Trojans will get the day off Sunday but will be right back on the practice field Monday preparing to face the Virginia Cavaliers.

"We expect them to be ready," Carroll said of the Cavaliers. "I'm sure it's going to be an amazing crowd and surrounding environment for the game.

"It will be a great one to get if we are fortunate enough to get it."

Carroll was pleased with the Trojans performance in fall camp and feels this team has the potential be very successful but cautions that you never know until they take the field.

"I think we have a chance to be a really good team," Carroll said at the conclusion of fall camp. "We have a lot of good players and we have good depth but all of that doesn't amount to anything if you don't play well. We have to make sure in this final week that we are playing really good football.

"There isn't a coach in America that isn't concerned about the first game because you don't really know until you play it."

Notes from the Field

Walking Wounded: David Ausberry, Brian Baucham, Shareece Wright, Luthur Brown, Chris Galippo, Michael Reardon, Matt Meyer and Trey Henderson were among the players that didn't participate in practice on Saturday.

Cornerback Cary Harris returned to the practice field today and Pete Carroll said Shareece Wright could return to action on Monday.

Brian Cushing wore a cast on his left wrist to protect his sprained wrist. After practice, Cushing said it was just a precaution and he would be 100% on Monday.

Linebackers Luthur Brown and Chris Galippo are both ahead of schedule in their rehabilitation. Coach Carroll said Brown has an ‘excellent' chance of being back for the Ohio State game.

Mark Sanchez participated in the entire practice and looked like he is on course to be the starter against Virginia. Sanchez looked very sharp throwing the ball and even dove to the ground to recover a fumbled snap.

Nicholas Perry didn't receive a passing grade on a test that he needed to be certified by the NCAA Clearinghouse. Perry has one more chance to take the test before the Sept. 15th deadline.

Aaron Corp appears to be ahead of Mitch Mustain at this point. Mustain only received one series of reps on Saturday while Corp got consistent reps.

Travon Patterson had another productive day on Saturday. Patterson continues to be one of the favorite targets of all three quarterbacks.

Aaron Corp had a solid performance to close fall camp. The redshirt freshman threw three touchdown passes on Saturday including a 50-yard touchdown pass to Damian Williams, a 30-yard touch down pass to Stanley Havili and a short touchdown pass to D.J. Shoemate.

Taylor Mays and Rey Maualuga both intercepted passes during 11-on-11.

Shane Horton blocked a punt and returned the block for a touchdown.

Everson Griffen sacked quarterback Garrett Green during 11-on-11.

The Trojans have Sunday off but will begin preparing for Virginia on Monday.

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