August 10, 2006
Greeted by the patrons of Troy, the Trojans completed their first full scrimmage Wednesday.
While many USC fans came to watch the defense dominate under new defensive coordinator, Nick Holt, the offense controlled the early parts of the Lawrence Jackson and Kevin Thomas missed the scrimmage, leaving the defense short-handed. In their place, Kyle Moore, Fili Moala and Cary Harris garnered first team reps, with Harris having one of his best practices of camp.
The defense spent much of the scrimmage working from the 3-4. The Trojans' first team defense went as followed:
Defensive Line - (End) Moore, (NG) Moala, (End) Barrett
Linebackers - (Outside) Cushing, (Inside) Rivers, (Inside) Maulauga, (Outside) Sartz
Defensive backs - (Corner) T. Thomas, (Safety) Pinkard, (Safety) Ellison, (Corner) C. Harris
The scrimmage started with sophomore David Buehler leading the kick off team on the field. Buehler, a recent junior college transfer from Santa Ana, had a total of three kicks - putting all near or through the endzone. Troy Van Blarcom took over the from there, bouncing a kick into the endzone.
Buehler, who came to USC in hopes of seeing some playing time at safety, has been a standout performer throughout camp. The possibility of him becoming the starting kicker by September continues to increase.
Here is a general play-by-play of Wednesday's scrimmage.
First series - 1st team Offense vs. 2nd team Defense
JD Booty hands the ball off to C.J Gable for nine yards
Center exchange muffed, offense retains possession
Booty hands off to Stafon Johnson for three yards
Booty throws a pass to Ryan Powdrell for no gain
Booty throws an incomplete pass to Steve Smith, pass deflected by Shareece Wright
Booty completes a pass over the middle to Patrick Turner for eight yards
On fourth down, Johnson breaks free for an 16-yard gain, swung out of bounce by Taylor Mays
Off of a great play fake, Booty finds tight end Anthony McCoy in the endzone for a touchdown
Booty moved the team down field fairly efficiently. Outside the muffed snap and the incomplete pass to Smith, his passes were right on target. The offense was also sparked early by a great C.J. Gable run, and then bailed out by Johnson popping free around the right side of the line. The right side of the line could be credited for several good runs throughout the scrimmage.
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