Busy Day

Mater Dei offensive tackle Khaled Holmes stopped by USC today and was offered a scholarship. Meanwhile, this weekend’s coaches clinic drew 530 participants to hear Pete Carroll and others speak, nearly double last season’s total. There were only 300 registered two weeks ago.

Fullback Candidates?

Is there a chance someone would get moved to fullback for spring practice to alleviate the shortage?
“It’s possible,” assistant coach Todd McNair said. “We haven’t discussed it yet but we might have to do something.”

Recruit Watch

We’ve mentioned before how USC can always go out-of-state to find recruits these days if it loses someone locally. Someone who fits that model is offensive tackle Kyle Long (6-7, 275) from Charlottesville, Va. He will be invited to the summer camp and is the son of former Raiders defensive lineman Howie Long.

Did You Know?

Cornerback Martin Blencowe ran a 4.3 40 during the walk-on tryouts this week. Now if the former rugby player can actually use that speed on the football field will be determined in the next few weeks.

Cushing Update

Linebacker Brian Cushing strained his hamstring and will undergo an MRI on Monday. Its not known how long he will be out. Cushing was on crutches Thursday night but also walked on his own without problems.
“It really scared me at first, Cushing said. “I thought it was a tear. Ive never done that before. Well see how long it takes. Its not like there is a game on Saturday.
The initial reaction at USC was that it could have been worse.

Pop!

Linebacker Brian Cushing felt a pop in his hamstring and looks like he will be out awhile.
“Its a really legitimate pull, unfortunately,” USC coach Pete Carroll said.

Quick Update

Brian Cushing went down right now and was helped off the field. He’s getting his leg examined although initial indications are it is not serious.
Michael Coleman is dressed but not practicing. Same for Will Harris and Jamere Holland. Long touchdown catches for Travon Patterson and Allen Bradford so far.

Most Valuable Player?

Is it fullback Stanley Havili? At least in terms of the depth crisis at the spot.
Michael Coleman (hip) is not 100 percent, Brandon Hancock is not returning for a sixth year and the Trojans took two walk-ons at the position yesterday.
“We’re really counting on (Havili),” USC coach Pete Carroll said. “He can do all the stuff a fullback needs to do. He’s the fastest guy we’ve had next to Hancock.”