Aaron Corp couldn't help but flash a big grin when he met with the media on Tuesday, and who could blame the kid, he had just learned hours earlier that he would start the Trojan Huddle and head into fall camp as the No.1 guy at quarterback for the USC Trojans.
"I'm excited," Corp said. "I found out before our meeting at 2:30. I'm excited. It's a great opportunity, but again I can't get complacent.
"Matt's (Barkley) right there, so I just got to keep working hard."
After a successful spring, Corp is in line to follow a string of successful quarterbacks under Pete Carroll that includes two Heisman Trophy Winners and stretches back to Carson Palmer.
When asked if he had given any thought to how special it is to be a quarterback at USC, given the recent success, Corp replied, "I am just thrilled to be given this opportunity. I haven't really thought about that kind of stuff. I have to play first."
While he was all smiles on Tuesday, the sophomore signal-caller realizes that the competition isn't totally finished.
"I am probably going to get the reps with one's next fall, but if Matt's playing better or Mitch (Mustain) is playing better that's the guy they are going to go with, so nothing is set in stone," Corp said.
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"The tackles came back for the first time, that's the big relief. Tyron (Smith) and (Matt) Kalil have just gone the entire spring, it feels like, without any kind of backup."
- Defensive end Everson Griffen missed practice because he was sick.
"He was real dehydrated and not feeling well," Carroll said.
- Tailback Allen Bradford went through some drills during practice on Tuesday.
"He's feeling a little bit better," Carroll said. "He won't hit anybody, we are just going to get him out to catch some balls and get a little bit of work."
- Tailback Marc Tyler had one of his best practices of the spring breaking off three long runs during 11-on-11.
Mustain connected with Damian Williams in the corner of the end zone and Anthony McCoy made a juggling catch for a score.
Barkley connected with David Ausberry, who elevated over a defender to make an acrobatic grab.
Mustain and Barkley will look to stay in the competition this fall. (Jaime Rodriguez Photo)
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