Coach Carroll named Aaron Corp as the starting QB for this Saturday's Trojan Huddle scrimmage. Matt Barkley was second and Mitch Mustain third in the much publicized QB battle. The deciding factors in order of importance were third down efficiency (1-Barkley, 2-Corp, 3-Mustain), turnovers (1-Corp, 2-Mustain, 3-Barkley) and ability to run the offense via signals from the coaches on the sideline (1-Corp & Mustain tie, 3-Barkley). Coach Carroll acknowledged that if Barkley can progress on his understanding of the offensive signals, he will be able to directly challenge Corp in fall camp. Mustain says he has no plans to transfer and will continue to compete. While he kept silent on his discussions with new offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates, Mustain may feel he hasn't gotten the same opportunity with the first team offense as Corp and Barkley.
The 2009 USC Football poster features S Taylor Mays, RB Stafon Johnson, WR Damian Williams, OG Jeff Byers, DE Everson Griffen, S/CB Josh Pinkard and RB Joe McKnight. Mays is in the center position (not surprising). But what about RB C.J. Gable? Gable hasn't slipped behind Stafon Johnson or Joe McKnight on the depth chart, so why the snub? Is Gable still in the fumblitis doghouse?