Spring Practice Day 9
Quarterbacks: Coach Carroll stated that while a starting QB will be named at the end of spring practice, the competition will still be open in the fall. Mitch Mustain took just 1 snap during 11-on-11 drills during Tuesday’s practice compared to Matt Barkley’s 20 and Aaron Corp’s 19. So the competition appears to be between Barkley and Corp. It is likely that Corp will be named the starter at the end of spring, but Barkley has a real chance to win the job this fall after a strong spring. Coach Carroll said: "It might take a little longer (to determine a starting QB) than usual. In all fairness, this competition could go a long time. If Matt (Barkley) gets a summer and another fall camp, he'll surely be better."
Running backs: C.J. Gable had an MRI on the hip he injured during Saturday's scrimmage. Marc Tyler sat out because of a minor hip injury.
Offensive Line: Sophomore Tyron Smith and redshirt freshman Matt Kalil took all the reps at right and left tackle on Tuesday with Charles Brown (groin), Butch Lewis (groin) and Nick Howell (hamstring) sitting out due to injuries.
Defensive Backs: CB Brian Baucham missed practice due to illness.
Special Teams: Joe Houston (4-for-4) and Jordan Congdon (2-for-2) made all of their FG attempts on a windy day.
Recruiting: DT Dakota Smith (6'7", 350) of Westchester H.S. in Los Angeles verbally committed to USC this week. Dak's father, Tody Smith, was a member of USC's original Wild Bunch. Smith hasn't been rated yet by the Rivals recruiting service so he would be considered a minor recruit at this point. Arizona, Hawaii and UCLA were also considered in the running for Smith.