Patterson, Dennis, Booty Highlight Trojan Huddle Scrimmage
April 7, 2007
Wide receiver Travon Patterson scored 3 touchdowns and tailback Hershel Dennis added 2 more scores, while quarterback John David Booty completed 15-of-17 passes with 2 touchdowns, to highlight USC's annual Trojan Huddle spring football scrimmage on Saturday (April 7) before 15,000 fans at the Coliseum.
Patterson, who had 4 receptions for 76 yards overall, caught a 16-yard scoring pass from quarterback Mark Sanchez and a 33-yarder from quarterback Michael McDonald, and he also returned a punt 78 yards for a TD.
Dennis, who missed the past 2 seasons with injuries after starting in 2003, scored on a 2-yard run and a 43-yard Sanchez pass. Overall, he rushed for 39 yards on 8 carries and had 2 catches for 49 yards.
Booty, whose only two incomplete passes were interceptions, threw touchdown tosses of 3 yards to wide receiver Patrick Turner and 34 yards to wide receiver Vidal Hazelton. He passed for 146 yards on the day. McDonald also threw a second TD, a 1-yarder to fullback Stanley Havili.
Reed, one of USC's 3 senior tailbacks who looked impressive in the scrimmage, ran for 33 yards on 11 carries and caught 3 passes for another 29 yards, while Chauncey Washington had 45 rushing yards on 6 attempts.
Sanchez was 11-of-23 passing for 194 yards, but had 2 passes picked off. McDonald was 5-of-7 for 64 yards.
Hazelton (75 yards), Turner (26 yards), Havili (30 yards) and tight end Fred Davis (42 yards) each had 4 receptions.
The Trojan defense came up with 8 turnovers in the 94-play scrimmage, including 5 interceptions (by linebacker Keith Rivers, defensive end Kyle Moore, defensive tackle Alex Parsons, linebacker Kaluka Maiava and cornerback Matthew Jordan).
'This felt like a good scrimmage,' said seventh-year head coach Pete Carroll. 'We did a lot of good things today. A lot of players showed up. Booty was really sharp. With Hershel, Desmond and Chauncey, it was like a step back to yesteryear. The defense did lots of good things, as well. I think we are ahead of where we were last year at this point.'
USC, which concludes spring drills on April 14, opens its 2007 season against Idaho on Sept. 1 in the Coliseum.