Thoughts from Wednesday’s practice, through the eyes of USCRipsIt…
– In one of the most one-sided practices in recent history, the USC offense dominated from start to finish and in almost all phases, winning the final team period, 10-1, and pitching a shutout on Turnover Wednesday for the all-around practice victory. Besides not giving up the football all day, the offense also glided to the blowout victory that had offensive coaches chiding their defensive counterparts and offensive players jokingly asking, “Is there a mercy rule?”
– On the final play of the practice on a chilly afternoon, Matt Barkley threw to wide open wideout Brandon Carswell for a touchdown, causing the offensive coaches and players to run to the end zone to celebrate.
– To prepare for Oregon’s no-huddle offense, the defensive coaches spent most of practice calling plays from the sideline to not give the players a chance to regroup.
– Coach Carroll said tight end Anthony McCoy, who sat out for the third straight day with a sprained ankle, will have to practice Thursday in order to have a chance to play Saturday.
– Fullback Stanley Havili (shoulder) participated in some drills Wednesday and “really wants to play,” Carroll said. “We’ll see if he can do it.”
– Wideout Damian Williams (bruised glute) was held out of most of practice for the second consecutive day but will play Saturday. “He knows he’s going to play this weekend,” Carroll said. “We’re not worried about that.”
– Safety Drew McAllister, who has been on crutches for the last few days, has a serious hip flexor injury and will be unavailable this weekend, Carroll said. His long-term prognosis will be determined later.
– The Trojan offense practiced with artificial crowd noise blaring for all of service team period, acclimating the players to the din they’ll be hearing at Autzen Stadium on Saturday.
– Famous TV producer, writer and actor Stephen Cannell attended practice.