Tape It Up: USC: Next Quarterback, Please

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USC: Next Quarterback, Please

A lot of things broke for the Trojans during Saturday night's loss to 41-point underdog Stanford, but quarterback John David Booty is most concerned about his broken middle finger. Booty suffered the injury during the second quarter of the loss against Stanford, and then proceeded to throw four interceptions, although he claims the picks have nothing to do with the broken bone. Still, Booty is unsure whether or not he will start on Saturday and he sat out of Monday's practice, watching backup Mark Sanchez take snaps with that special glimmer that only comes from the hope of finally starting a game at USC.

On Monday, the redshirt sophomore took all of the snaps with the first-team while Booty looked on. The Heisman hopeful will return to practice as soon as he gets his grip back, but the situation on Monday was grim. Head coach Pete Carroll said Booty's finger looked a lot worse on Monday than it did after the game, and Booty spent the day with a wrap on the swollen, black-and-blue finger. He was cleared for Tuesday practices and planned to get some throws in sooner rather than later, as Arizona comes to the Coliseum on Saturday and Booty wants in.

Booty wants in, but Carroll wants a win, so he and offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian are preparing with the mindset that Booty will be out, which means getting Sanchez up to speed, fast, since he's got finger issues too - Sanchez broke his thumb during fall camp.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound quarterback has completed two of three pass attempts this season for 23 yards and an interception, and could play the role that Tavita Pritchard enjoyed against the Trojans last week, if Booty is not healthy enough to play come Saturday.

Other Men Down
Tailback Stafon Johnson, offensive guard Chilo Rachal and linebacker Bruce Cushing all missed last week's game with injuries, but may be ready in time for this week's game. Johnson, hurting with a bruised left foot, participated in a few light drills on Monday and should be back fully practicing on Wednesday.

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