Monday, April 20, 2009

MMQB Top 12

The men of Monday Morning Quarterback - Phil Wallace, Bryan Fischer and Grant Tunkel - spent the first hour and change talking about the NFL Draft, which is coming up this weekend. They mocked out their first 12 picks. Here is what happened:

1. Detroit Lions (Grant): Jason Smith, OT, Baylor
2. St. Louis Rams (Bryan): Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
3. Kansas City Chiefs (Phil): Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest
4. Seattle Seahawks (Grant): Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
5. Cleveland Browns (Bryan): Brian Orakpo, DE/OLB, Texas
6. Cincinnati Bengals (Phil): Andre Smith, OT, Alabama
7. Oakland Raiders (Grant): Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri
8. Jacksonville Jaguars (Bryan): B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College
9. Green Bay Packers (Phil): Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU
10. San Francisco 49ers (Grant): Matt Stafford, QB, Georgia
11. Buffalo Bills (Bryan): Aaron Maybin, DE, Penn State
12. Denver Broncos (Phil): Mark Sanchez, QB, USC

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Harris Out

After the scrimmage, Pete Carroll said that safety Will Harris will not participate in the rest of spring practice because he is academically ineligible. The even worse news for Harris is that Josh Pinkard was moved to safety before spring ball and has the tools to stay in the starting job. Pete Carroll said that it was up to Pinkard to continue his strong play and can absolutely start next season.

Post-Scrimmage Notes

Great day for a scrimmage in the sun-soaked Coliseum. Thanks to some injuries at tailback (CJ Gable and Marc Tyler with hip flexor problems), Curtis "Moody" McNeal rushed for 101 yards and looked good on several sweeps and cutbacks. The quarterback competition certainly took an interesting turn as Matt Barkley had a great day, going 10-13 for 195 and 3 TD (with a fumble and a pick). Corp looked ok, with some inflated numbers due to a big run by RoJo on a square in for a 60+ yard touchdown. Mitch Mustain was also average, checking down most of the time, going 7-10 for 42 yards and INT that wasn't his fault as Jordan Cameron fell. The defense look really good at times, with Malik Jackson and Everson Griffin looking very good at the end spots. There were some injuries at tackle though, but all in all the Trojans have to be pleased at their performance on both sides of the ball.

Pre-Scrimmage Notes

A couple of quick notes before the scrimmage today: Alex Parsons finally had a cast put on his hand, how much he will do is up to Coach Ruel. Joe McKnight, who has been practicing in limited drills, is not dressed and won't play today. More after the scrimmage later today.

Friday, April 10, 2009

The Weekend Preview

Today on the Weekend Preview, Kevin Taylor and myself will analyze how the potential jumps to the NBA by Daniel Hackett, Taj Gibson and DeMar DeRozan will impact next year's Trojans. Also, we'll look at the opening week of Major League Baseball, analyze the NBA playoff picture and discuss Tiger and friends at the Masters. Join us on KSCR 1560 AM or on the web at today from 11a.m. to 12 p.m.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Spring Practice Update 4-9

Good day for Matt Barkley and the offense today. Barkley made several great throws, especially down field and on out routes, to lead the offense to a nice day without turnovers. Aaron Corp did not look good at all, throwing several bad balls and seemed flustered. Mitch Mustain continued looking good and Marc Tyler came on strong as well. Today was one of the few times the offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage. Check out Pete Carroll's comments on the KSCR Podcast.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Spring Practice Update

Cold day at Howard Jones Field but excitement in the air as the first practice in pads. The defense looked sharp, producing some big hits early on in team drills. Matt Barkley look ok, as he threw an interception but made up for it with a nice bomb to Ronald Johnson. Mitch Mustain looked very good, despite underthrowing two balls that were almost picks. Aaron Corp looked good by using his legs and running for a first down or two. All in all, not a bad day according to Pete Carroll, who was a little concerned with injuries to the tight ends but liked where his players and coaching staff are at.

Tim Floyd Staying

At a press conference today, Tim Floyd announced he will be staying at USC. He apprently was offered the job at Arizona and flew to Tuscon but will remain at USC.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Pro Day Winding Down

Mark Sanchez is done throwing and most of the drills are over. All the linebackers are done with their drills and are now doing interviews, so it is time for me to head out. But before I go, I will name my most impressive Pro Day player. That award goes to.......Clay Matthews. Matthews continues to impress as he tries to become a mid-late 1st round draft pick. Keep following KSCR's blog throughout the semester, to get updates on radio shows, games, etc.

Fight on!

The Long Ball!

They say chicks dig the long ball. If that's the case then chicks weren't digging Mark Sanchez during his first few deep passes. After Sanchez overthrew the receivers on a few throws, he came back to throw 2 absolute beauties. He ended his throwing session with a complete pass, so that's always a good thing. Overall, it was a good, but not great performance from Sanchez. His throws had the velocity, but the accuracy wasn't up to par with what the Lions would want from their #1 pick. If I had to guess, I would say that after this performance Sanchez stays where he is projected and goes #8 to the Jacksonville Jaguars.