Wednesday Practice Report

Tailback Joe McKnight had a particularly good day on Wednesday, showing his usually burst while running the ball and returning punts. Look inside for updates on McKnight, Averell Spicer and more.

McKnight Getting Swagger Back

Sophomore tailback Joe McKnight (turf toe) made a valiant effort to return to the lineup last week against the Arizona Wildcats, but it was clear from the first time he touched the ball that he wasn't quite 100 percent healthy.

"He was somewhat restricted last weekend but he's getting better," Pete Carroll said on Wednesday. "You can tell just by the way he is bouncing around."

McKnight had a particularly good day on Wednesday, showing his usually burst while running the ball and returning punts and shouldn't be limited this Saturday.

"He's back to full speed again," Carroll said. "I don't think he has to be mindful of it anymore."

The return of McKnight will add some explosiveness to the lineup as the Trojans' offense looks to get back on track against the Washington Huskies.

"There are a variety of things that Joe does that we love to incorporate into the offense," Carroll added. "It enhances our overall game when we have that available to us."

News and Notes

- Defensive tackle Averell Spicer (sprained ankle) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against Washington.

- Nick Howell and Butch Lewis continue to battle for the starting spot at right tackle. Coach Carroll hasn't named a starter but said there is a good chance that Nick Howell will get his third straight start on Saturday.

- Coach Carroll joked about the recent rash of toe injuries that the Trojans have suffered. "We've had a turf toe situation with two players, we've had a studded toe while walking your dog and a toe nail situation where the guy had to get the toe nail torn off."

- Broderick Green had the hit of the day when he caught a short pass, lowered his shoulder and leveled Chris Galippo.

- Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian said that he hasn't been contacted by Washington for their head coaching position.

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