March 2009 Archives
Mitch Mustain throws during individual drills.
Matt Barkley passes over the middle
in 7-on-7 work.
Aaron Corp takes the shotgun snap during 7-on-7 period.
Tailback Marc Tyler receives the handoff in team period.
- A ball-hawking defense dominated the final team period to capture a 19-14 overall victory on Competition Tuesday, the second workout of Spring Practice 2009. Safety Will Harris' pick-six interception on the last play of the day sealed the deal for the defense. "We have to battle day in and day out to make us who we are," Coach Carroll told the Trojans after the practice.
- The offense, propelled by the shimmering performances of Matt Barkley and Mitch Mustain, shined in 7-on-7 drills, going 12-of-15 passing in the 15-play period. Barkley rifled a pass to tight end Rhett Ellison on a deep route over the middle on the final snap of the period.
- During the 9-on-7 run-oriented period, the tailbacks logged several impressive runs, inducing a classic quote from running backs coach Todd McNair: "Watch out! It's the Indy 500!"
- During team period, nose tackle Jurrell Casey had one of the highlight plays of the day when he chased down the runner from behind, caused a fumble and recovered the loose ball, much to the delight of his coaches.
- One of the standout snaps of the scrimmage-like team period came when Barkley connected with wideout Brice Butler for a "Moss" catch -- he jumped over the cornerback to snag the lofted pass -- that caused the offensive players to go berserk.
- Safety Drew McAllister recorded a spectacular soaring interception in an early-practice 7-on-7 drill. He also had a leaping pick in the final team period that was nullified because of a defensive holding penalty.
- On one play during team period, tailback Marc Tyler broke free for a long run up the middle thanks to stellar blocking from the offensive line.
- The field goal unit showed marked improvement from Saturday, as the kickers combined to go 8-of-10 on field goals. Jordan Congdon and Joe Houston both went 4-of-5 from various distances.
For the first time in more than three months, competition is on the hot seat this afternoon on Howard Jones field.
A competition-themed practice is about to begin, pitting the offense against the defense, position against position and player against player.
"What's Competition Tuesday?" Coach Carroll asked during this afternoon's team meeting. "It's about battling your tail off all day long."
Today's workout comes on the heels of the opening of Spring Practice on Saturday, during which the offense triumphed with an 18-17 victory in the final team period.
"We won the other day, now let's win again today," offensive
coordinator John Morton said this afternoon. "The great ones win day after day
We'll return with a report following the helmets-only practice.
Nobo Hamabe, the assistant head coach for the Waseda University American football team in
Coaches Pat Ruel and Rocky Seto met Hamabe on a trip to
"This has been the greatest experience of my life," Hamabe told the Trojans during this afternoon's team meeting.
Nobo Hamabe, an assistant coach for the Waseda University American football team in Tokyo, speaks to the Trojans this afternoon after his year-long stay with the team comes to a close today.
Here's the schedule for the remainder of Spring Practice. Most practices are open to the public.
The day's business is about to get underway with a special teams meeting in Heritage Auditorium. Here's a look at the schedule for the afternoon:
2:15 p.m. • Punt team meeting
2:45 p.m. • Team meeting
3 p.m. • Offense/defense meeting
3:15 p.m. • Position group meetings
4 p.m. • Competition Tuesday practice
The NFL Network's "Path to the Draft" will be on location at USC during Pro Day on Wednesday, with Paul Burmeister, Charles Davis and Mike Mayock providing the coverage. The show will air Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. on NFL Network.
Not only will 100-plus NFL personnel be attending USC's Pro
Day on Wednesday, but about 60 media members have been credentialed for the
And just a reminder, Pro Day is closed to the public (only USC students with a valid ID can attend), though the RipsIt Blog will be bringing you inside the festivities with wall-to-wall inside coverage throughout the day.
A Tuesday's a Tuesday in the world of Trojan football -- no matter if it's the last day of March or the middle of the season.
So what does that mean, exactly? Hello, competition.
"This is officially Competition Tuesday!" Coach Carroll said during this morning's staff meeting, eliciting hearty cheers from his assistants.
Today's practice, the second one of the spring, is open to the public and will begin at 4 p.m. on Howard Jones field. The Trojans will be in only helmets this afternoon before going to half-pads on Thursday.
Business gets started for the players with a punt team meeting at 2:15 p.m.
Always a stickler for classroom success, Coach Carroll took it upon himself today to ensure his players are making the most of their academic pursuits.
Carroll and senior associate athletic director Mark Jackson stopped by two classes this morning -- a sociology class and an exercise science lecture -- to check attendance and see if the handful of enrolled players were attending their classes.
Attendance was 100 percent, and with his mission accomplished, Carroll returned to Heritage Hall to resume watching film and preparing for this afternoon's practice.
"It's good to get out there and show that we really care about schoolwork," Carroll said. "This stuff is very important, and it sends a positive message to our players when we do something like that."
Coach Carroll pops his head in a sociology lecture on campus this morning as he checks to see if his players are attending class.
Coach Carroll looks out over an exercise science lecture this morning, making sure his players are going to class.
Pro Day is lining up to be bigger than ever.
More than 100 NFL personnel are expected to attend the pre-Draft showcase that
starts at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, director of football operations Matt Capurro
said. Last year, a record 88 NFL scouts and front-office staffers came to USC's
Pro Day, so this year's workout should easily surpass that number.
And as an interesting side note, 40 dozen Krispy Kreme donuts have been ordered for Wednesday's breakfast. Football types notoriously love donuts, but 480 of them for about 100 people? Expect to see some sugar-highs at Pro Day.
following five students have been added to the roster as walk-ons following
- WR Robert Balmeyer
- WR Steve Blackhart
- DL Eric Childs
- WR Joe Gibson
- P Peter Roepke
The coaches just split from an hour-long staff meeting, a bulk of which was spent reviewing Saturday's opening practice by going player-by-player through the depth chart and analyzing their performances during the workout.
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Network's "Path to the Draft" will be on location at USC during Pro Day on
Wednesday, with host Paul Burmeister and analysts Charles Davis and Mike Mayock
providing the coverage.
The show airs Monday through Friday at 3:30 p.m. on NFL Network.
The campaign carries on.
Coach Carroll is not relenting in his efforts to get Will Ferrell on Twitter, as he appeared on ESPN 710's "Mason and
Join the movement by checking Carroll's Twitter page and/or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coach Carroll does an
interview with Sam Farmer of the
The Trojans second practice of the spring will be Tuesday at 4 p.m. on Howard Jones field. The helmets-only practice is open to the public, though all guests must bring an ID to check in and photography is not allowed during the workout.
Coach Carroll and Newtonian
physics must have something in common.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. And in Carroll's case, for every pep talk, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
Carroll spoke to the 10th-ranked USC women's tennis team before facing No. 8 Cal on Friday. And what happened next?
You guessed it.
The Women of Troy rode the inspiration to a 4-3 upset victory, and women's tennis coach Richard Gallien is singing Carroll's praises today.
"It had an incredible effect," Gallien said of Carroll's five-minute pep talk. "You should've seen the looks on their faces. They were pumped."
On Mondays and Wednesdays
through Spring Practice, the Trojans will go through snappy 40-minute strength
and conditioning sessions that focus on agility, flexibility, maintaining
strength levels gained during winter workouts and preparing for the next
practice. Players have the option of attending one of five workouts -- 6:45, 8,
9, 10 or 11 a.m. -- with the first one conducted this morning.
Cornerback Kevin Thomas does the bench press this morning, with wideout Brice Butler spotting.
With more than five months
until the next game, you'd think Spring Practice doesn't carry that much
weight for the Trojans.
But then you'd be thinking wrong.
"Practice is everything," Coach Carroll said. "This is the only place where we make us. If we practice poorly, we play poorly. It's where we make who we are. It's about today, it's about the next drill, the next step."
That's why a late-March practice can have just as much pop and excitement as a late-season workout -- every practice counts in the bigger picture at USC.
Just a reminder that
photography (still or video) is not permitted during any USC practice. You can
take pictures following practice.
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Coaches are split into offensive and defensive staff meetings right now as they pore over film from Saturday's practice. It's the first time they've been able to look at fresh practice tape in three months.
Coach Carroll speaks to a "motivation and learning strategies" class on campus this morning.
USC's Pro Day will be Wednesday, when NFL-bound Trojans will
audition in front of dozens of scouts and general managers at Heritage Hall and
Cromwell Field. The day will begin at 10:30 a.m., when Coach Carroll will
welcome the NFL personnel at a meeting in Heritage Auditorium. Body
measurements and weight room testing will start at 11 a.m., while on-field
running and drills will commence at 11:45 a.m.
Because of relatively new NCAA regulations, the pre-draft showcase is closed to the public. Only USC students with valid IDs, credentialed media and NFL personnel can attend the Pro Day festivities.