August 17, 2006

Wednesday Practice Report

Wednesday was move in day at USC. With the hustle and bustle of students packing and unpacking, the Trojans' football team hit the practice field the evening before their first scrimmage at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Working in half pads, two possible starters for the 2006 season made it back in time to scrimmage Thursday night.

Desmond Reed and Lawrence Jackson have watched most of fall camp from the sidelines. Reed's injury took place Oct. 15 during the Trojans' spectacular fourth quarter comeback against Notre Dame in South Bend.

Suffering a debilitating knee injury, which eventually led to a condition called drop-foot, Reed was lost for the year. In fact, any speculated whether he'd ever play football again. During Wednesday's practice, Reed took another large step toward proving his doubters wrong.

While Reed has played sparingly during 7-on-7 drills, today was the first day he saw action in the team scrimmage portion of practice. In total, Reed took part in seven different plays, running the ball three times for short gains. He also participated in punt returns with the first team, although contact during that portion of practice was minimal.

Jackson's return to the practice field was just as important. After suffering a groin injury just minutes into the first practice of fall camp, Jackson participated in all aspects of Wednesday's practice.

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