Thursday Practice: Brown's Back in Action

After losing Shareece Wright due to academics earlier in the week, the Trojans got some positive news Thursday when linebacker Luthur Brown regained his academic eligibility. Look inside for all the news, notes and quotes from Thursday's practice.

Brown's Back in Action

After losing Shareece Wright due to academics earlier in the week, the Trojans got some positive news Thursday when linebacker Luthur Brown regained his academic eligibility.

Brown practiced for the first time this fall on Thursday and explained that he was elated when he learned that he had been reinstated.

"I was really excited. I don't even think I can express the emotion that I had," Brown said. "Any type of emotion that displays relief, excitement and happiness, it was going on."

After practice Brown explained the situation and took full responsibility for nearly missing the season.

"I just had an academic situation," Brown said. "I had to buckle down, sit down and do it.

"It's really all on me. The whole academic situation, nobody is in control of anything but myself. It's something that I put myself through. If I had sat down and buckled down like I was supposed to, I wouldn't be in this situation."

With his academic issues now resolved, Brown is looking forward to getting back on the field.

"I am just going to come back and give it my all," he said. "As soon as they throw me in there I am down to give it my all."

The 6-foot-2, 235 senior provides the Trojans' with some much-needed depth at all three linebacker spots.

"It's a great boost to us because he has played all three at linebacker, in a spot where we have a young position," Carroll said. "It's a position that takes a lot of hits and also participates tremendously in special teams, which he has been a very big factor in when available."

While Brown is available to play in the Trojans' season opener against San Jose State, Pete Carroll said he won't see any action this Saturday.

"We will bring him back slowly," Carroll said. "We are going to make sure that we take care of him, and get him right, and not try to rush him out there before he has all the work that he needs to be ready to play.

"We will reassess next week, but it's great to get him back out here."

Brown, who has been sidelined for a large part of his career with back and shoulder problems, says he is finally healthy but admits that he has plenty of ground to make up because of his extended absence.

"I would say I am behind in the mental side of football," he said. "Just not being able to keep up with all the checks and ball movements."

Coming out of Lakewood High School, Luthur Brown was the No.4 rated linebacker in the 2005 recruiting class and arrived at USC in the same star-studded class as Brian Cushing, Rey Maualuga and Kaluka Maiava.

While Cushing, Maualuga and Maiava have all gone on to the NFL after productive college careers, Brown is hoping to make the most of his final season at USC.

"It is my last go-round," Brown said. "I am just going to give it my all and hopefully I can produce this year."

Hot Reads

- Middle linebacker Chris Galippo, who is arguably the Trojans' most important defensive player, missed practice on Thursday because of swelling in his elbow that was caused by a burst bursa sac. Carroll said Galippo would play on Saturday.

In Gallipo's absence, Uona Kaveinga and Nick Garratt both took reps with the first-team defense.

- Redshirt freshman Wes Horton will start get the start at strong-side defensive end in place of the injured Armond Amstead on Saturday.

"Wes is going to go first. He just seems like he has been steadier on our early downs," Carroll said. "Nick Perry is right there with him."

- With Brian Buacham out for Saturday's season opener due to illness, cornerbacks T.J. Bryant and Marshall Jones will split time in the Trojans' nickel defense against San Jose State.

- Pete Carroll said on Thursday that he has been very pleased with Matt Barkley's performance this week in practice.

"His preparation has been almost impeccable this week," Carroll said. "It was just a beautiful week of preparation."

- The USC freshmen will undoubtedly be very excited for their first college game and Carroll said he will rely on the upperclassmen to keep the young players focused.

"I just said to the team, it's like taking your younger brother to the circus," Carroll said. "It's going to be a big deal to these guys and they are going to be excited but we have to keep them clear-thinking."


Chris Galippo missed practice on Thursday with a burst bursa sac.


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