Spring Football Update 3/29
Practice was held on the FieldTurf surface of Cromwell Field yesterday due to rain.
QB John David Booty was examined by back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins on Monday. Coach Carroll said the plan is to wait another week before making a decision.
QB Mark Sanchez performed well in the pouring rain, converting 8-of-10 third down opportunities.
DT Chris Barrett appears to be winning the battle for the starting spot next to Sedrick Ellis. "He could definitely play as a starter the way he's looking right now," Coach Carroll said. "His quickness and speed are really showing up."
DT Travis Tofi missed practice with a sore foot.
LB Keith Rivers is playing all over the field this spring - SLB, WLB, and DE.
LB Rey Maualuga is pushing Oscar Lua for the starting MLB spot. "My freshman season I was physically ready," Maualuga said. "Now I'm mentally ready. I'm not afraid to make the calls or move people around." Coach Carroll said Maualuga has stepped up his game. "Oscar knows his stuff and has done a fine job of leading us," Coach Carroll said. "We're real excited about Rey's development. He's very comfortable now in the spot. He need to play a lot for this football team."
LB Clay Matthews did not practice yesterday due to concussion like symptoms after a hit during Sunday's practice.
DB/WR Ryan Ting will likely be the holder for field goals and extra points with Sanchez as his back-up.
CB/S Will Harris (ankle) and OL Drew Radovich (hip) are expected to increase their participation levels in practice this week.
USC basketball player Jeremy Barr (6'8", 270) attended practice yesterday and spoke with coaches about playing as an OT. "I was thinking about going out, some people think I would be better off in the NFL than NBA," Barr said. "A lot of people have been telling me to do it. But I think I'm going to stick with basketball."
Recruiting: USC offered a scholarship to class of 2007 LB/ATH Malcolm Smith (6'2", 210, 4.4) of Taft High School in Woodland Hills. Smith has USC at the top of his list. He also has received offers from Ole Miss and Washington. Florida State, LSU and Notre Dame have shown interest in Smith but haven't offered him yet. QB G.J. Kinne (6'2", 210, 4.6) of Canton, TX plans to visit USC on a unofficial visit this weekend. He has received written offers from Alabama, Baylor, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Tennessee. Kinne claims to have received a "verbal" scholarship offer from USC assistant coach Ken Norton.