Leinart Throws 3 TDs, Colbert Catches 2, Davis Hits 3 Field Goals In Intrasquad Game
Aug. 17, 2002
LOS ANGELES-Matt Leinart threw 3 touchdown passes and ran for another score, Keary Colbert caught 2 TDs and David Davis hit 3 field goals to highlight a 63-play intrasquad scrimmage that wrapped up the first week of USC's pre-season practice at Howard Jones Field on campus on Saturday (Aug. 17).
Leinart connected with 3 different wide receivers on his TDs. He hit Colbert for a 32-yarder, then threw 17 yards to Jason Mitchell and 19 yards to Grant Mattos. Leinart also scrambled for a 4-yard TD.
Leinart, a redshirt freshman, was 5-of-9 passing for 97 yards. He is battling with sophomore Matt Cassel for the backup quarterback spot behind Carson Palmer. Cassel hurt his knee early in the scrimmage after taking just 5 snaps. The severity of Cassel's injury has yet to be determined, although he stood and watched the remainder of the scrimmage from the sideline.
Palmer, USC's No. 3 career passer, was also 5-of-9 passing, throwing for 88 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown to Colbert. He also threw an interception.
Colbert (73 yards) and Mattos (44 yards) each had 3 catches. USC's receivers, however, dropped 5 passes.
Davis hit field goals of 44, 41 and 30 yards, missing only on a 45-yarder. He also nailed all 4 of his PATs.
Defensive tackle Mike Patterson had 5 tackles, while linebackers Aaron Graham and Oscar Lua and tackles Bernard Riley and Spencer Torgan each notched 3 tackles. Safeties Jason Leach and Andre Woodert each had an interception.
'I thought it was a good scrimmage,' said second-year USC head coach Pete Carroll. 'We were real physical and had good intensity. The tackling was crisp. I saw some playmakers out there today. So, all in all, it was a very successful first scrimmage.'
The Trojans, ranked 20th in the pre-season AP poll, open the 2002 season on Sept. 2 in the Coliseum against Auburn.
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