Monday Practice: Corp Scare

With Mitch Mustain absent from practice because of class work, the Trojans were already down a quarterback, and for a few minutes it looked like they were on the verge of being down two. Aaron Corp was briefly sidelined after having his left knee rolled into. Look inside for the details.

Corp Scare

With Mitch Mustain missing practice because of class work, the Trojans were already down a quarterback, and for a few minutes it looked like they were on the verge of being down two.

Starting quarterback Aaron Corp was briefly sidelined after having his left knee rolled into by a lineman after he completed a pass to Damian Williams.

"A guy stumbled into him but he bounced right back. He was concerned about it right away because he felt a little something but he walked it off and was fine," Carroll said. "He finished off practice so that was a good sign."

Corp went to the sideline and did some tests with the training staff before returning to action.

"It didn't seem like it was very serious," Carroll said. "Rarely can a guy hurt his knee and come back and play full speed, which he just did, so that was a great sign."

After practice, Corp said his knee felt sore but he plans to practice on Tuesday.

Setting the Tone

Monday marked the first day in shoulder pads for the Trojans and middle linebacker Chris Galippo took it upon himself to set the tone with some physical play.

"It was a great day," Galippo said. "We talked about it in the linebacker room, just how important it was to set the tempo early, and we also talked a lot about shutting people up and I think we kind of did that today."

The one person that the linebackers were specifically looking to quiet was running backs coach Todd McNair, who has given them an earful all camp.

"T-Mac has been walking around here all camp saying ‘LB who, LB who, this ain't LBU anymore," Galippo said.

With the departure of Clay Matthews, Brian Cushing, Rey Maualuga and Kaluka Maiava, the junior linebacker is now the leader of the unit, and sent a loud message when he bull-rushed his way through Joe McKnight on his first rep of the one-on-one drills.

"It was a good opportunity for us. We came out here during one-on-ones with the running backs and I don't think we lost once," he said. "Not only did we not lose but we put a couple of guys on their butts."

Barkley Making Strides

Matt Barkley had another impressive performance on Monday. The freshman signal-caller had a handful of touchdown passes on the day, most of which came during red zone drills, but the highlight was a 25-yard touchdown pass to tight end Anthony McCoy.

"He threw some terrific balls today. He threw the ball very well and made a couple of throws on a couple of routes that we have been working on for the first time," Pete Carroll said. "He got the ball downfield to the right guy at the right time, so he's progressing."

Carroll said he continues to be pleasantly surprised by the play and poise of the first-year quarterback.

"Really he's three days old. He's a freshman that has finished three days, and look what he looks like playing with the first group against the first team defense, making checks, making adjustments," Carroll said. "It's a remarkable accomplishment at this point.

"In our way of gauging things, we have never seen anything like this."

News and Notes

- Marquis Simmons (hamstring), T.J. McDonald (sprained ankle), Nick Perry (concussion) and Mitch Mustain (class work) didn't participate in practice on Monday.

- Tailback Curtis McNeal also missed the majority of practice after having a tooth pulled earlier in the day.

"He got it pulled out minutes before practice," Carroll said. "It was a four rooter I hear."

- Scout's top-rated wide receiver in the 2010 recruiting class, Kyle Prater, was in Los Angeles to watch the Trojans practice on Monday. The big, physical receiver certainly passes the eyeball test.

- Coach Carroll was pleased with the physicality and intensity that the linebackers supplied on the first day in full pads.

"You can see it in the linebackers. They feel that there's something to prove," Carroll said. "They know that they are in a situation where there are a lot of people watching to see what's going to happen."

"They want to show that they can step up and fill the spots that those guys left."

- Freshman linebacker Jarvis Jones moved from middle linebacker to strong-side linebacker and looked very comfortable playing on the outside. Coach Carroll singled Jones out and praised his versatility.

"That is a tremendous accomplishment," Carroll said. "He has already played two spots and looked good at both of them. He had a remarkable day today. He was a guy we were hoping could be a factor and he looks like he is going to be right in the middle of everything."

- Tight end Anthony McCoy got behind the defense and made a terrific 25-yard touchdown catch on a pass from Matt Barkley.

- JUCO transfer Jacob Harfman connected on a 47-yard field goal attempt. The kick was right down the middle and would have been good from 50-plus yards.

- Catch of the day: Tight end Blake Ayles didn't look limited at all when he made a spectacular one-handed catch on a deep pass over the middle from Matt Barkley.

- Hit of the day: Sixth-year safety Josh Pinkard leveled Anthony McCoy after McCoy made a catch and tried to turn up field. Pinkard lowered his shoulder and sent McCoy flying.

- The defensive line had another good showing. Everson Griffen and Christian Tupou both recorded quarterback sacks and Jurrell Casey continued to be tough in the middle, stuffing Marc Tyler behind the line for a loss.


Jarvis Jones has impressed at both middle and strong-side linebacker. (Jaime Rodriguez Photo)


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