After pounding the Virginia Cavaliers in the season opener, 52-7, the Trojans have jumped to the top spot in both the Coaches and AP polls.
After practice on Tuesday, Coach Carroll in his typical fashion, said he isn't concerned with the rankings.
"It doesn't mean anything," Carroll said of being No.1 at this point in the season. "It's nice that someone thinks that but we got a lot of games."
Carroll did address the team to make sure that the players don't get caught up in all the attention.
"I did mention it to them," Carroll said. "The point to the players is to make sure that they understand that nothing changes.
"It doesn't mean anything until we do something, and it takes a long time to do something in college football."
Sanchez Named Player of the Week
In the course of a few weeks Mark Sanchez went from being a question mark for the season opener, to being named the PAC-10 Offensive Player of the Week after his impressive showing against Virginia.
"That really is a testament to a great running game and the receivers making some big time catches and the offensive line," Sanchez said.
In a game when most everyone would have been happy with him just cautiously managing the game, Sanchez came out as his usually gunslinger self and set a new career-high by passing for 338 yards.
The individual honor came on the same day that the Trojans were voted No.1 in both the Coaches and AP polls, something that Sanchez tried to downplay.
"It doesn't mean anything to us now," Sanchez said of being ranked No.1. "We realize that the media coverage will only heighten and get more exciting for everyone on the outside, but for us nothing has changed."
Linebacker Luthur Brown was in pads at practice today and participated in the majority of the drills without pain. Brown is expected to test his back tomorrow by practicing at full speed.
"He's really close," Coach Carroll said of Brown's possible return. "I think he is going to do everything in practice tomorrow if the doctors allow that.
"Tomorrow is a real nice day for him to see if he can handle it. They have to wait a couple of days after he practices to see the result and how he responds to it."
Along with Brown, fellow linebacker Chris Galippo is also getting closer to returning to the practice field.
"Galippo is really close, too," Carroll said. "I think Galippo would be doing a good portion of practice next week. He feels great.
"So both of those guys could have a chance to be practicing next week."
Wide receiver Vidal Hazelton was wearing a boot today after suffering an ankle sprain in the opener against Virginia.
Rey Maualuga was wearing a cast today to protect his broken finger.
Freshman offensive lineman Matt Kalil hyperextended his knee in practice today.
Averell Spicer didn't practice today because he was sick.
Notes from the Field
Mark Sanchez said he didn't experience any soreness in his knee after the Virginia game.
Coach Carroll said the coaches will get back to calling recruits tonight.
Stanley Havili looked good running between the tackles during the team run period.
Former Trojan LB/S Dallas Sartz stopped by practice to watch the top ranked Trojans.