Monday Practice: Corp New No.2

Pete Carroll has insisted all year that the competition for the backup quarterback spot would remain open, and that was evident once again on Monday, when Carroll revealed that Aaron Corp has overtaken Mitch Mustain on the depth chart. Look inside for more.

Corp New No.2

Pete Carroll has insisted all year that the competition for the backup quarterback spot would remain open, and that was evident once again on Monday, when Carroll revealed that Aaron Corp has overtaken Mitch Mustain on the depth chart.

While Mitch Mustain had been Mark Sanchez's backup for the second half of the season, Corp's play in recent weeks has elevated him to the No.2 spot.

"The last few weeks he has outplayed Mitch," Carroll said. "He's just done really well.

"Mitch has been battling too, but you can see in our turns that we have focused (Corp) with the second number of reps because he has deserved it.

Carroll said the coaches would be comfortable inserting the redshirt freshman in the lineup if anything was to happen to Mark Sanchez.

"He has been very consistent all through this preparation," Carroll said. "He deserves it and he earned it.

"It wasn't a quick decision or anything. We just watched it over time, and now that we are close to game time he would be the first guy up."

News and Notes

- Kevin Ellison and Stanley Havili were among the players that didn't participate in Monday's practice. Carroll said Ellison won't play in the Rose Bowl and had no updates on the status of Havili.

- Tight end Blake Ayles did some running today but said his knee was still bothering him after practice. Ayles will attempt to run again tomorrow but said he would most likely be unavailable for the Rose Bowl.

- Fullback Adam Goodman returned to practice and said he will play against Penn State.

"It felt really good," Goodman said. "I went full go today. The doctor cleared me yesterday and my knee feels really, really good."

- One player that both USC and Penn State recruited was linebacker Brian Cushing. The New Jersey native talked about his official visit to Penn State.

"It was awesome. I went out there on an official visit. I really enjoyed going out there and seeing everything," Cushing said. "Coach Paterno actually came to my house on a home visit. I enjoyed everything about it. I just wanted to get a little further away from home."

- The USC defense will be well represented at the Under Armour Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. Rey Maualuga, Brian Cushing, Clay Matthews, Fili Moala and Kyle Moore will all play on the South squad on Jan. 24th.

- One Penn State defender that could give USC's offense headaches on New Year's Day is Aaron Maybin. The junior defensive end has recorded 45 tackles and 12 quarterback sacks in this season.

"He's a great player with great competitiveness and toughness," Carroll said. "Nobody can touch him."

- The Trojans will practice at 12:45 p.m. at Howard Jones Field on Tuesday.


Aaron Corp fires a pass. (Jaime Rodriguez Photo)

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