Dispatch from Howard Jones

Thoughts from Tuesday’s practice, through the eyes of USCRipsIt…

– Down two with three plays remaining in the full-pads practice, the offense cam roaring back with three straight wins to capture an 8-7 victory on Competition Tuesday and earn loads of praise from the coaches. “That’s the kind of practice that gets us right,” Coach Carroll said in the post-practice team huddle. “That was perfect and exactly what we needed.”

– Tailbacks Allen Bradford (knee) and Joe McKnight (ankle) sat out most of Tuesday’s workout, providing more opportunities for C.J. Gable and Curtis McNeal, both of whom impressed. McNeal had a bruising effort on both runs and screens, while Gable also turned in a few highlight-worthy plays himself. Carroll said Gable would get a majority of the snaps if Bradford and McKnight remained limited on Saturday. “C.J.’s ready to go,” Carroll said. “He’ll jump to the call when he gets the chance.”

– Linebacker Chris Galippo, who injured his neck in Saturday’s game, fully practiced and was declared “100 percent” by Carroll.

– Wideout Damian Williams (glute) was sidelined again, but Ronald Johnson returned to action after missing Monday with an illness.

– Receiver Garrett Green made an outstanding catch when he snagged a ball over the middle while sliding to the ground and, at the same time, getting popped by a defensive back.

– Darkness settled in over Howard Jones Field for a large portion of the practice, mixing with the cool air to create dew that made the field slippery and muddy in parts. Kickers even struggled with their footing as they slipped on field goal attempts.

Kyle Bunch

Partnerships for R/GA Ventures. Raised in California, adopted by Texas. Opinions expressed here are mine and they are fantastic.

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