Tuesday Practice: Corp Returns

Just fifteen days after suffering a cracked fibula, USC quarterback Aaron Corp was cleared and back at practice on Tuesday. The sophomore signal caller participated in the entire practice and showed good mobility while dropping back but didn't appear to be 100% quite yet. Look inside for all the details.

Corp Returns

Just fifteen days after suffering a cracked fibula, USC quarterback Aaron Corp was cleared and back at practice on Tuesday.

"It went well. I was happy with the way that my knee felt," Corp said after practice. "I was able to do some good things and even got a quarterback sneak in at the end."

Corp participated in the entire practice on Tuesday and showed good mobility while dropping back but didn't appear to be 100% quite yet.

"It was very positive and I am really happy for him," Pete Carroll said. "He's been chomping at the bit to get back out. To be able to come out and have a good positive day, he's got to feel good about it."

Corp had a solid day throwing the ball. He didn't make any big throws during 11-on-11 but managed the offense and took what the defense gave him, while playing mistake-free football.

"I thought we had a very positive day today. He got a chance to take snaps, get in and out of the huddle and did the running game and play-action stuff," Carroll said. "We didn't get him out running much but just to be out there involved is a big step forward."

Corp, who injured his leg on Aug. 10th, looked fairly sharp but will need more snaps to get his timing back to where it was before the injury.

"A lot of it is getting used to the timing from under center," he said. "Before I was just doing seven-on-seven where there is no center and no line."

Now that the sophomore signal caller is back to full-speed practices, the next hurdle is showing the coaches that he is capable of leading the Trojans in the Sept. 5th season opener against San Jose State.

"This is not just he's out here, and now we move on," Carroll explained. "We have to see everything, we have to feel him and make sure that he feels right and is confident.

"This is a good challenge for our coaching staff to do this right, and hopefully we will use all of the time and the information that we have to make a great decision."

When the final decision comes is anyone's guess. Carroll stressed on Tuesday that he is in no hurry to name a starter. Saturday's scrimmage will likely have an impact on the process.

"There is no deadline," Carroll said. "It's a real important day for him though because he'll get a chance to go play."

Kicking Game Taking Shape

While the quarterback competition is still up in the air, we got some answers on the kicking game Tuesday.

Pete Carroll announced that Jordan Congdon will be the starting placekicker in 2009. Carroll also said that JUCO transfer Jacob Harfman will handle the kickoff duties.

The competition for the starting punter spot is still underway. Harfman appears to be the frontrunner for the job.

Hot Reads

- Junior defensive back Robert Erickson and senior kicker Jordan Congdon were both awarded scholarships on Tuesday. Congdon was also named the starting placekicker.

- Freshman quarterback Matt Barkley threw two interceptions on Tuesday. Drew McAllister intercepted a pass over the middle and Everson Griffen later jumped up and snatched an attempted screen pass.

- With fall camp in the rearview mirror, the Trojans now begin preparations as if it's a game week.

"Right now we are learning how to go through a game week," Carroll said. "We are learning the rhythms and the emphasis of the practices. We are going to go all the way through the whole thing. We are going to go to the hotel on Friday night and all of the normal time frames to get everybody understanding what to expect in the preparation."

- Wide receiver Damian Williams participated in practice after being held out of Saturday's scrimmage with a bruised quad. Carroll said Williams, Charles Brown and Allen Bradford could have all played Saturday but were given the scrimmage off to rest their various ailments.

- Coach Carroll said it will take a few more days before they got the official word on the academic status of senior linebacker Luthur Brown.

"It's still in the process," Carroll said. "It's going to take a couple more days before we know what's going on."

- After reviewing the film of Saturday's scrimmage, Carroll was very impressed with the performance of the defense.

"The defense played really, really sharp on Saturday and did things right," Carroll said. "They played with good, consistent effort and tackled well."

- Actor Will Ferrell stopped by to watch the Trojans practice on Tuesday. Ferrell wasn't wearing his Captain Compete outfit.

- The Trojans practice at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.


Aaron Corp and Matt Barkley continue to battle it out for the starting quarterback spot.


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