Quarterback John David Booty underwent back surgery Friday, where Dr. Robert Watkins operated on his herniated disc and also removed a fragment.
The official procedure is called a “microscopic discectomy” and usually offers a shorter recovery period than conventional surgery.
“Dr. Watkins made the point that he had to (have surgery) once he saw what was going on,” USC coach Pete Carroll said. “It would be a mistake to wait it out.”
Booty’s recovery period is projected to be three months.
Even though he hired a defensive coordinator for the first time, USC coach Pete Carroll continues to spend as much time with the defense as he did before the staff reorganization.
This is interesting because a number of people closely tied to the program believe Carroll made the change so he could devote more time to the offense, which has so many new faces in key roles next season and might require his attention.
Even though Carroll officially spends more time with the defense, he’s always exerted control over the offense. Most famously, he said he revamped the offensive philosophy in the latter stages of the 2001 season and did not fully implement the changes he wanted until the start of the 2002 season.
There was talk at USC that former Trojans wide receivers Keyshawn Johnson (Carolina Panthers) and Curtis Conway (who retired following the 2004 season) might show up to catch passes during Matt Leinart’s workout for NFL teams on Sunday. Another possibility mentioned was former USC and current Detroit Lions wide receiver Mike Williams. Keary Colbert (Carolina Panthers) could certainly show up since he attended Thursday’s practice.
Tailback Reggie Bush is hoping to impress teams by benchpressing 225 pounds at least 30 times while Leinart is aiming for 20. Safety Darnell Bing wants to run the 40-yard dash in at least 4.4 seconds.
Quarterback John David Booty will require surgery Friday for the herniated disc in his back, which raises questions about whether he will recover in time for the start of training camp. Continue reading “Back surgery for Booty” »
Heres some quick answers to questions posed by readers so far.
1. A reader asked about Lou Ferrigno Jr., the son of the actor and a Notre Dame High of Sherman Oaks. He joined the team as a walk-on and is playing linebacker.
2. Another reader asked why freshman cornerback Kevin Thomas was on the field during Texas final touchdown drive. Senior John Walker was injured during the game and replaced by Thomas.
3. USCs central coast radio affiliate is KVEN-AM (1450) in Ventura.
4. Fans attending Pro Day should be aware that the portion conducted on Howard Jones Field is closed to the public. All events at Cromwell Field are open, beginning around 11 a.m.
5. So far this spring, I have not seen USC practicing against the spread offense, which makes sense because theres really no one available right now to emulate a running quarterback. Tailback Michael Coleman performed the job during bowl practices but is out following hip surgery.
6. Several of you asked the identity of a former assistant coach who called a non-conference opponent and offered help. I cannot reveal his identity in order to protect my sources.
7. One of you asked if former defensive line coach Jethro Franklin was fired. No, he was offered the defensive coordinators job by Pete Carroll but decided the best way to become a head coach was to go back to the NFL as an assistant. Carroll then hired Nick Holt as defensive coordinator.