The bye week is upon us, so while the Trojans get extra preparation for Ohio State they will also use the extra practice time to give the younger players a chance to work with the first-team.
Freshman offensive tackle Tyron Smith, who was a key member of the Trojans highly touted 2008 recruiting class, has been getting extended work with the first-team offense at left tackle this week.
"We are trying to see how far he can go with it," Carroll said of getting Smith valuable experience. "What I am trying to do is put him up there with Jeff Byers playing next to him and see how that works out as far as communications.
"We want to see if he (Jeff Byers) can accelerate a guy who's really talented physically but inexperienced."
Smith missed time during fall camp with a sprained ankle so this is an important week to evaluate the big tackle.
"It's an experiment to see how it works," said Carroll.
Notes from the Field
Linebacker Luthur Brown made it through practice without any pain or complications on Wednesday. "He's totally pain free and comfortable and all that," Coach Carroll said. "It's just a matter of how he stands up to the hitting."
Matt Kalil hyperextended his knee at practice on Tuesday and Coach Carroll said he is day-to-day.
To help prepare for Ohio State running back Chris "Beanie" Wells, the Trojans will use Allen Bradford to simulate the Buckeyes' tailback on the scout team in practice next week.
Blake Ayles got his bell rung by Jordan Campbell and went down for the count. Ayles was blindsided by Campbell after making a catch in the flat, wobbled five steps then crashed to the ground.