Monday Practice: Barkley Throws

Freshman quarterback Matt Barkley returned on Monday and threw for the first time in practice since injuring his shoulder against Ohio State. Look inside for all the news, notes and quotes from Monday's practice.

Barkley Throws

Freshman quarterback Matt Barkley returned on Monday and threw for the first time in practice since injuring his shoulder against Ohio State.

Barkley didn't throw with his usual velocity, and isn't quite 100 percent, but Pete Carroll was very encouraged by what he saw from his freshman quarterback.

"He did alright. He's not 100 percent but he threw the ball alright today. He at least competed," Carroll said. "He wasn't able to throw the ball as hard as he'd like to but his motion was normal today for the first time."

While Carroll was pleased with Barkley's progress, Barkley and Corp split the first-team reps in the event that Barkley isn't able to return for Saturday's game against Washington State.

"They shared the reps today and I would love to see him get back out here and get back to taking back his spot," Carroll said. "I don't have any problem playing him if he's OK this week. The fact that he could practice today was a great sign.

"I would love for him to come back and start, if he's ready to go, but I don't know that he'll be ready to go."

More Playing Time for Perry?

While most of the national focus this weekend was on the Trojans stunning loss in Seattle, there were actually some positives that took place during the game, like the play of redshirt freshman Nick Perry.

Perry, who has played in a limited basis this season, has made the most of his opportunities by recording four quarterback sacks in three games.

"He's doing really well. Nick has four sacks in three games and he's played in a backup role," Carroll said. "He needs to play more for obvious reasons. He has been so productive."

Perry's 1.3 sacks per game average ranks seventh nationally and is tied for first in the Pac-10.

"Those are remarkable stats for a guy that hasn't played very many snaps, so we have to get him in the game more and see if he can keep going," Carroll said. "He was the all-time sack leader in the history of his state, so it makes sense that he has a knack for it.

"It's really showed up more in the games than even practice."

Perry got a late start to his freshman year while waiting to be cleared by the NCAA but came on strong late in 2008 and has carried his impressive play into this season.

With the quick start, Carroll said he has to find a way to get Perry on the field.

"I am going to get him right in the middle of that rotation," Carroll said. "If he looks like he has a really good week he has a chance to start this week.

"We are real encouraged and got to get him some more play time."

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- Taylor Mays, Malcolm Smith, Ronald Johnson and Armond Armstead were among the players that didn't participate in practice on Monday.

Malcolm Smith has a high ankle sprain and wore a boot on Monday. Carroll didn't know when Smith would be able to return to practice.

"He's got a high ankle sprain and that's not real good for bouncing back," Carroll said.

- Taylor Mays wore a knee brace and did some running during practice.

"He's better," Carroll said. "He did some running today and did some backpedaling."

- With Malcolm Smith out with a high ankle sprain, Shane Horton and Jordan Campbell shared reps at the weak-side linebacker spot. Carroll said he would also like to see Luthur Brown get some reps.

"Luthur (Brown) played well in the game when he got his chances," Carroll said. "I would like to see him get a chance to play if we can get him in there, but he was a little tight today."

- Pete Carroll said it's always tough to lose a game after all the hours of preparation that goes into it, and had a very unique way of describing the feeling.

"These are miserable days, more so miserable nights," Carroll said. "I think Bill Parcells said it was something like waking up in the middle of the night with vomit in your mouth. He was on the money."

- Carroll was asked if he thought the offense was too conservative and said they need to do whatever they can to limit turnovers.

"At this rate we have to take care of the ball better. If we have to be closer to the vest we better be because we can't keep giving the football away or we aren't going to win any games," he said. "Right now, whatever it takes to take care of the football is important."

Nick Perry's four QB sacks have earned him more playing time. (Doug Zylstra Photo)

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