Linebacker Chris Galippo returned to the practice field on Monday, participating in individual drills and doing some rehab.
The redshirt freshman is still recovering from his injured back but hopes to be available for action soon.
"It's really important with my type of injury to see how I respond for the next couple of days," Galippo said after Monday's practice. "The next couple of days will really tell me how far along I am."
While Galippo is ahead of schedule in his rehab, he won't be available for the Trojans when they face the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday.
"No, no absolutely not," Galippo replied when asked if he would try to play in the big game this weekend.
"It's not too disappointing," Galippo said. "I would rather play in a good nine or ten games and miss the first two than come back too early and have to do this a third time."
Trojans Preparing for Beanie Wells
While nobody outside of the Ohio State locker room knows the extent, or even what injury Beanie Wells suffered, Pete Carroll is preparing his team like Wells will be available to play this Saturday at Coliseum.
"We just figure the guy (Chris Wells) is playing," Carroll said. "I can't imagine that he won't."
"Those guys run big and tough and are the same size so it gives us the feel," said Carroll.
While Wells is clearly the Buckeyes top back he certainly isn't their only tailback that is capable of having a big day against the Trojans.
"They aren't short on running backs at all," said Carroll, who praised the play of Maurice Wells, Brandon Saine and Daniel Herron. "They are a different style than Beanie Wells is but it doesn't mean you can't gain a lot of yards with those guys."
When asked if he would loan the Buckeyes one of his six talented running backs this Saturday, Carroll smiled and replied, "They have as many guys as we have."
News and Notes
Linebacker Luthur Brown made it through another practice on Monday and Pete Carroll said there is a real chance that he could play this weekend against Ohio State.
Allen Bradford ran real physical today and on one play he nearly made Michael Morgan lose his helmet. Bradford lowered his shoulder and ran into the linebacker causing his helmet to nearly fly off his head.
"His ankle is pretty sore still," Carroll said of Hazelton. "He's doing a lot of stuff but he isn't ready yet."
Coach Carroll said one of the toughest things to gauge during a bye week, or when preparing for a bowl game, is how much to game plan for your opponent without overloading your players with too much information.
"I have always said one of the most difficult things for coaches is how much is enough." Carroll said. "How much stuff can these guys handle and do really well with it."
Freshman defensive end Malik Jackson looked particularly good during one-on-one drills. Jackson showed great speed off the line by blowing past defenders.