USC FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK Carroll refuses to be backed into a corner

first_imgNo pressure Carroll said there is no extra pressure on the offense to produce against lowly Stanford following last week’s inconsistent performance, especially by quarterback John David Booty. “I don’t know that they lost confidence,” Carroll said. “Every week we’re looking for a strong effort. It makes no difference who we play or how we did before.” Who starts? It appeared senior Alatini “Tiny” Malu would start at right guard following Chilo Rachal’s sprained knee. But Carroll said freshman Zach Heberer (San Pedro High) also will play and he refused to name a starter. “I don’t know yet,” Carroll said. “Zach had a good week of practice.” O’Dowd recovery Center Kris O’Dowd, who underwent surgery on his knee to remove loose cartilage, said he hopes to return for the Notre Dame game on Oct. 20. Johnson update Tailback Stafon Johnson did some light running but did not practice all week, which makes it doubtful he would play against Stanford. However Carroll said, “I wouldn’t rule him out.” Said Johnson: “I don’t know anything right now. The pain went down but it still bothers me.” Odds and ends Tailback Broderick Green, who underwent surgery for a stress fracture in his foot, jogged Thursday and could return to practice in two weeks. “He’s a big dude that hammers the football,” Carroll said. It looks like USC will try to play Green if possible, instead of redshirting him. “It just depends, we need to see how he comes back,” Carroll said. … Booty after watching the Washington films: “It really wasn’t that bad,” he said. “It wasn’t my night. I never really played in the Northwest. I put it behind me, I moved on. Nothing technically was wrong” … Linebacker Thomas Williams will start his second straight game in place of Brian Cushing (sprained ankle). Clay Matthews, who sprained his shoulder two weeks ago, is healthy and will back up Williams. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Three of the Trojans’ top cornerbacks are injured. Josh Pinkard tore knee ligaments last month, Cary Harris dislocated his shoulder two weeks ago and Shareece Wright pulled a hamstring last week. Carswell played cornerback in high school and also tried the position in summer workouts at USC. He is expected to redshirt this season, but his name has surfaced in coaching meetings in regards to the cornerback crisis. Harris wants to play against Stanford Saturday, but Carroll said Harris would need to be cleared by doctors before the game. Harris said doctors already cleared him. “The doctors cleared my shoulder. It’s up to me if I want to play. I’m playing,” Harris said. “But it’s really up to the coaches.” Carroll said he wanted Harris to play but needed doctors’ approval before the game. By Scott Wolf STAFF WRITER USC coach Pete Carroll said Thursday he considered moving wide receiver Brandon Carswell to cornerback because of injuries in the secondary. “If in an emergency we needed someone the last couple weeks, we looked at it, but it’s not permanently,” Carroll said. last_img read more

Ulster Senior League confirm weekend venue changes

first_imgThere are two venue changes to this weekend’s 4 Lanterns Ulster Senior League fixtures.The Derry City Reserves-Cockhill Celtic match will now be played at the Charlie O’Donnell Sports Grounds at 2pm.Due to ongoing works at Finn Park, the Finn Harps Reserves-Fanad United game has been moved to Triagh-A-Locha. Both games kick off at 2pm.FIXTURESSaturday, January 21, 8pmBonagee United v Letterkenny Rovers       Referee – Marty Quinn; Assistants Paul Duddy, Marty McGarrigle Sunday, January 22, 2pmDerry City Reserves v Cockhill Celtic          Referee – Packie Coll; Assistants Marty McGarrigle and tbcFinn Harps Reserves v Fanad United         Referee – Vincent McLoughlinUlster Senior League confirm weekend venue changes was last modified: January 18th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more