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Going to the pros

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Call it the USC coaching world's version of summer school.

Offensive coordinator John Morton took a three-day trip last week to visit the New York Jets at their training facility in Florham Park, N.J., getting to sit in on meetings, attend practice and tour the team's new complex.

0601jmo.jpeg"It was a good experience," Morton said. "You pick up a few things and observe how coaches do things differently. It was cool."

Morton, in his third year at USC but first as the offensive coordinator, also got to watch Jets first-round draft pick and Trojan alum Mark Sanchez go through a few of his first practices of his rookie campaign.

"They're making him do a lot," Morton said of Sanchez. "It's overload mode right now. It's hard, but he's into it, he's picking it up."

Coach Carroll always encourages his assistants to visit NFL teams during the offseason to learn from the pros and pick up ideas from other systems. Offensive line coach Pat Ruel and running backs coach Todd McNair are two who have visited various NFL teams in the last two offseasons.

"It's a great way for our guys to learn from the best," Carroll said. 

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