Tape It Up: USC: Crossing Washington

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USC: Crossing Washington

Chauncey Washington has a Grade 3 sprain in his right shoulder, but he wants his starting job back by the Trojans' next game. When USC takes on Nebraska on Sept. 15, last season's leading rusher should be ready to lead the charge once again, but are the Trojans prepared to give over that top spot? C. J. Gable had a pretty good night in the team's opener against Idaho, recording eight carries for 68 yards. Stafon Johnson also looked solid, carrying 12 times for 64 yards, so Washington's job may no longer be his for the taking.

Head coach Pete Carroll has yet to decide if he will use a three-tailback rotation for the next game, let alone the season as a whole. Suffice it to say that Nebraska's run defense far outweighs Idaho's, so a three-back attack might not be such a bad idea. But Carroll is taking his time making his decision, waiting to see how Washington does in contact drills this week and next.

Cushing Back on Track
While Washington's status is still up in the air, linebacker Brian Cushing is back on the turf. The junior, who had sprained his left ankle against Idaho, did not need an air cast in practices this week and expects to be back to full strength next week to prepare for Nebraska.

Backup quarterback Mark Sanchez is also progressing nicely, after having a split removed from his fractured right thumb. He has been practicing his throwing with a foam ball, and plans to test the test the thumb with a real ball in time to see some action against Nebraska.

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