April 9, 2008

Practice Insider: Hearing from Havili

Coming off an aggressive scrimmage Sunday afternoon, the University of Southern California football team practiced the only way it knew how Tuesday night, at full-tilt. Head Coach Pete Carroll called it a, "good, hard working day," as players continue to fluctuate up and down the depth chart.

One position that appeared thin heading in to spring practice was fullback. Beyond Stanley Havili, it seemed to be a cabinet full of quasi-fullbacks and walk-ons, but halfway through spring practice a surprising backup has emerged.

"Man, Adam's been awesome," Havili said about junior fullback Adam Goodman. "He's always out there catching rocks and he can move when he gets it, but he just doesn't get it that often.

"People don't see that (side of him), he's also so big. A lot bigger than me."

Even though they are battling one another for playing time, Havili was excited for Goodman when he caught a touchdown pass Sunday afternoon on Howard Jones Field.

"That was awesome," Havili said about the score. "I was super-pumped for Adam, he had his whole family there."

"I thought Adam Goodman did a real good job for us," Carroll said. "He showed that he could catch the ball and make a couple plays down by the goalline for us."

The shocking thing about Havili is that he is only a redshirt sophomore, and while he is mature beyond his years, he knows he has to refine his game during the spring.

"I've been sharing the load with Adam (Goodman) and trying to work on my blocking," Havili said. "But I've still got a lot to improve on.".

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