April 19, 2008

Trojan Huddle Recap & Video Highlights

The Trojan Huddle, the University of Southern California's annual spring scrimmage at the Coliseum, had all of the intensity of regular season game. In the second overtime, Aaron Corp, threading a pass in between two defenders, hit Travon Patterson in the back of the endzone to lift the White team to a 39 - 33 victory.

"I had to (make the catch), it was a big play, it was overtime," Patterson said only moments after catching the game winner. "We wanted to show up and win and I wanted it bad.

"We do our ball drills and I just turned that (practice) over into the game."

Patterson, who caught six balls for 100 yards, was one of Corp's favorite targets today. The freshmen stretched the field more than he had been used to in practice, and went 13 for 16, with 158 yards and two touchdowns.

"They called some plays that gave me a few more opportunities down the field," Corp, who led the White team to victory, said. "And the guys made some good plays when I threw them the ball. I guess that (Coach Sarkisian) saw the kind of defenses they were running and gave me the opportunity to exploit it.

"I think it gives me a little more confidence to throw the ball downfield."

Head coach Pete Carroll, never at a loss for enthusiam, was impressed with the quarterbacks overall.

"What a day for the QBs," he asked rhetorically. "I was really pleased that they were all able to make some plays and looked like they were in command of what we were doing.

"The play was game-like, and it gave us a chance to see a lot of guys play, as well as the opportunity to see how guys play with the pressure of winning and losing.

"I don't know about you, but I was feeling it, it was like a game out there."

Carroll commended both Mark Sanchez and Mitch Mustain, but he spent the most time talking about Corp.

"I thought he looked really good," Carroll said of Corp, who threw for three touchdowns today. "He was poised and controlled, he missed a couple of situations with the reads but he came up and made plays anyway.

"He handled himself beautifully today, he was composed and having fun playing football and being relaxed."

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