Brandon Carswell Scores Only TD In USC's First Football Scrimmage
Aug. 12, 2008
Redshirt freshman Brandon Carswell caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Garrett Green to provide the only scoring in the USC football team's first intrasquad scrimmage of 2008 fall practice on Tuesday (Aug. 12) at the Coliseum.
Green, who came to USC in 2006 as a quarterback but was moved to safety and then spent last year as a wide receiver, was switched back to offense this past Saturday after starting junior quarterback Mark Sanchez dislocated his kneecap.
Green was one of three quarterbacks to see action in the 57-play scrimmage. Redshirt freshman Aaron Corp completed 6-of-13 passes for 60 yards and also ran for 26 yards on 7 carries, but he lost a fumbled snap in the red zone (senior linebacker Brian Cushing recovered it). Sophomore Mitch Mustain, who sat out last season after transferring from Arkansas, was 9-of-13 for 94 yards, but was intercepted in the end zone by freshman cornerback Brian Baucham on the last play of the scrimmage.
Soph linebacker Malcolm Smith led the defense with 4 tackles (1 for a loss) and added a deflection, while Baucham made 3 stops. Six other Trojans recorded 3 tackles: senior safety Kevin Ellison (1 for a loss), freshman defensive end Wes Horton (2 for losses, with a sack, plus a deflection), redshirt freshman linebacker Jordan Campbell (2 for losses), freshman defensive tackle Jurrell Casey (2 for losses), walk-on soph linebacker Dan Deckas and walk-on frosh safety Ryan McMahon.
'The defense had a very nice day, but the offense didn't get much done,' said eighth-year USC head coach Pete Carroll. 'I'm not worried, because it's so early in camp. We'll be fine.'
Sanchez has started to rehab his knee injury. Although he is out for an undetermined period of time, his status is listed as day-to-day and Sanchez said he is hopeful of returning in time for USC's Aug. 30 opener at Virginia. After the scrimmage, Carroll said that 'Mark is looking better, he's walking around and standing up, and I can't imagine this being a long deal.'
Six-time defending Pac-10 champion USC has two more scrimmages scheduled during fall drills, including one on Aug. 21 at 3:30 p.m. in the Coliseum that is free and open to the public.