August 12, 2006

Friday Practice Report

As the Trojans close in on their second scrimmage of fall camp, an assumed weakness is becoming an obvious strength.

Many national college football publications cite USC's secondary as a potential Achilles-heel for 2006, but that perceived weakness has continually thwarted the Trojan offense's attempts to control the first down chains through the air.

Practicing in shells (pads and shorts), USC's offense finished the week just as it began the week. With another solid day of rushing from Stafon Johnson, C.J. Gable and Michael Coleman, the Trojans' success in the running game hasn't stopped USC's defensive backs from grounding the passing game.

With Kevin Thomas and Terrell Thomas sitting out of Friday's practice with injury, Cary Harris, Mozique McCurtis and Shareece Wright were pushed into the starting rotation at cornerback. While all three can be labeled as inexperienced, their performances throughout camp have steadily improved.

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