"He looked good. He made a lot of completions. His knee looked pretty healthy and it was exciting," quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates said. "It was exciting to see him, our players rallied around him. It was good news for Aaron Corp today."
Corp participated in the 7-on-7 drills for the first time and made a handful of nice throws including a pair of touchdown passes to Ronald Johnson. Brice Butler and Travon Patterson also caught touchdown passes from Corp.
"His arm is great. It's live, it's fresh. He has been resting and been working on his legs and hasn't thrown a lot of balls," Bates said. "There is a little zip to it and a little pop. His mechanics look strong. He hasn't missed a beat."
On the day, the sophomore signal caller completed 12-of-14 pass attempts and added a spark to the offense.
"He had a little fire about him, a little swagger and the players rallied around him," Bates said.
Armstead Out with Broken Bone
USC sophomore defensive end Armond Armstead is expected to be sidelined for up to six weeks after breaking a bone in his left foot.
"We were doing a swoop drill, a type of tackling drill, and I went to tackle the ball and Shane (Horton) accidentally stepped on my foot," Armstead said. "That's when it broke.
Armstead, who was slated as the starting strong-side defensive end, broke the fifth metatarsal.
"It's a tough break, but you know, we've got to keep moving on. No doubt about it. We've got some games on the schedule, and we've got to go out, compete and win. The next guy has to step up and carry the flag."
"My approach the whole time is to get everybody to where we could play. If something like this does happen, the next guy can step in and move forward," defensive line coach Jethro Franklin said. "That's always been my approach, and that's not going to change. That's not going to change anything we do."
Hall Likely Out for Season
It has been a tough start for USC freshman defensive back Patrick Hall, who learned today that his season may be over before it even started.
Hall, who still hasn't been fully qualified, is likely to miss the 2009 season with a significant ACL injury, Pete Carroll said.
"He hurt his knee," Carroll said. "He hurt it seriously. He's got an ACL."
Hall injured his knee on Wednesday morning when he landed awkwardly during a drill. The injury came just forty minutes into Hall's first practice.
Carroll hadn't heard the exact diagnoses from the team doctors but called it a "significant" injury that could require surgery.
-With a good deal of players nursing various bumps and bruises, Pete Carroll decided to practice with just helmets and shorts for both of sessions on Thursday.
"We thought we'd get more guys practicing and out here getting work by not banging," Carroll said. "We want to see if we can get a good tempo and do a lot of situation work, which worked out great. I thought we had a very good day under the circumstances. We've got a couple more days before we take a break before school starts. We'll finish real tough here."
- In the afternoon practice, Jeff Byers got work at center and Alex Parson at guard, in an effort to keep both sharp at center and guard.
"That's just to make sure that everybody gets their work -- that Alex stays fresh at the guard spot and that Jeff is ready at the center spot," Carroll said. "We're so fortunate that we have those two guys who can do that."
- After watching the film of Monday's scrimmage, quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates felt that Matt Barkley got in trouble by trying to do too much.
"He had a rough day. It was a good lesson for him and I am glad that it happened now. He grew from it. We watched a lot of tape and took it slow. He tried to make too much happen. We have some great players here."
Bates said that the young quarterback has to learn to rely more on his teammates.
"We have a lot of good players on offense, and defense, and we don't have to win the game in our room," Bates said. "We just got to manage the game, take care of the football and take what they give us."
- Carroll said he has been pleased with the kicking game but is in no hurry to name the starters at each spot.
"We'll just keep registering all the info and see what happens. We're in good shape," Carroll said. "Both punters have punted the ball well; both kickers have kicked the ball well."
- Anthony McCoy has had a very impressive fall camp and Pete Carroll had high praise for the senior tight end.
"We're really going to him and using him in a bunch of different ways. He's really flourishing. He looks to be very strong right now," Carroll said. "That's by far the best we've seen him, and he's playing as well as anybody we've had here. He's going to be a great weapon for us."
- The Trojans practice at 3 p.m. on Friday.
Armond Armstead is expected to miss six weeks with a broken bone in his left foot.
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