USCs quarterback crunch isnt only related to junior John David Booty being out with a back injury. Walk-on quarterback Tom Harwood from Harvard-Westlake is no longer on the team. Thats important because it leaves freshman Mark Sanchez and junior Mike McDonald as the only two quarterbacks.
Even though Garrett Green joins the team in the fall, expect USC to make a strong push to sign a quarterback next year. The No. 1 choice remains Jimmy Clausen of Oaks Christian.
Ironically, Clausen does intend to graduate from high school early, which means if he were a senior this year, he could potentially be participating in spring practice.
Meanwhile, offensive guard Jeff Byers looks fine following two hip operations. “He runs easy and has good finishing skills, offensive line coach Pat Ruel said.
Byers is one of several USC athletes who required more than one hip operation since last spring. Tailback Michael Coleman underwent a second operation in January and hopes to be back in the fall.