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Coaches do some rushing themselves

first_imgMcKnight has fumbled twice in two games and also fumbled in Tuesday’s practice, but Carroll said it occurred after the play was dead. He remains committed to playing McKnight more each week. “He’s playing regardless, and getting a lot of playing time,” Carroll said. Share the wealth Quarterback John David Booty claimed he did not care he passed for just 350 yards in USC’s first two games. Last year Booty passed for 518 yards after two games and that was with less plays because of rules that made games run faster. “It doesn’t matter. If we’re winning, I’m tickled to death,” Booty said. “To get invited to New York (for the Heisman Trophy ceremony) would be something special, but I’m not basing my career on an award.” Booty said teams must respect the pass and run this season after USC rushed for 313 yards against Nebraska. He said last year teams probably focused solely on him, notably UCLA. “I’m sure at times I was (targeted), because defenses were more focused on Dwayne (Jarrett) and Steve (Smith),” he said. “This year, we have both (running and passing).” Booty said he rebounded last weekend, despite passing for just 144 yards against Nebraska. “The first game against Idaho, I don’t think I did too well, but I was just out of the gate,” Booty said. “But Nebraska, I did pretty well.” Shotgun U.? The shotgun formation has been almost nonexistent since true freshman Kris O’Dowd took over at center. He needed time to learn the basics. But O’Dowd said the Trojans practiced the formation Tuesday. “We did it for the first time,” O’Dowd said. “But I have no idea if it’s part of the game plan.” Moala rests Defensive tackle Fili Moala bruised his thigh against Nebraska, so USC moved nose tackle Sedrick Ellis to his spot as a precautionary measure. Moala is expected to be OK. Averill Spicer plays nose tackle if Ellis moves to defensive tackle. Cushing update Linebacker Brian Cushing (sprained ankle) participated in about a third of the plays Tuesday. If he continues to improve each day, Carroll said he would start against Washington State. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Scott Wolf STAFF WRITER Coach Pete Carroll admitted Tuesday he expected too much, too soon from highly regarded freshman tailback Joe McKnight. “We might have gone a little too fast,” Carroll said. “It took four or five weeks with Reggie (Bush). “We didn’t start at the beginning and let (McKnight) creep along. Unlike with Reggie, we started off knowing what he could do and tried to do it right away.” But what about freshman defensive end Everson Griffen, whom Carroll said last winter might be the most talented recruit he ever signed? Griffen’s made two tackles in two games. “He’s learning and adapting, too,” Carroll said. “But it’s much easier to come in as a defensive end than a skill position.” But Carroll conceded the hype surrounding McKnight and Griffen during the recruiting process raised expectations unfairly. “There’s so much publicity,” he said. last_img read more