USC FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: MOODY OK AFTER TUMBLE.
USC almost suffered a key injury during Wednesday's practice in one of the season's more embarrassing moments.
Freshman tailback Emmanuel Moody broke free on a run, and in a practice tradition, was supposed to run all the way to the end zone without any defensive players following him.
But assistant coach Dave Watson, who urged Moody to keep running, slipped on the wet turf and fell, with his feet upending Moody and knocking the back down hard to the turf.
Moody, already recovering from torn ankle ligaments that forced him to miss several games, slowly got up and appeared to be hurt before eventually jogging back to the huddle.
``I bruised my knee,'' Moody said. ``He got me pretty good. I don't know what happened.''
Watson, who yelled at Moody to ``get up,'' said he knew Moody was not hurt.
``As an effort coach it's my job to chase the back,'' he said. ``He's a tough guy. It was a minor collision. I tackled him with my feet like a soccer player.''
Moody said he feels well enough to play against Michigan in the Rose Bowl, but just wants an opportunity.
``I hope I get a chance to showcase myself,'' he said.
Tailback C.J. Gable, who battled a groin injury most of the season, also is 100 percent.
Cushing aching: Linebacker Brian Cushing skipped practice with a sore knee that he hurt right before Christmas break.
``It's puffed up,'' USC coach Pete Carroll said. ``We think he could play today if he had to.''
Cornerbacks Terrell Thomas (shoulder) and Kevin Thomas (foot) practiced and will be available for the game.
Struggling: The offense went through one of its worst bowl practices since perhaps the opening workout, with the defense dominating, mostly because of poor timing by the offense.
Bowl entertainment: Wednesday night's bowl activity was a trip to the Improv comedy club. There were no incidents between USC and Michigan players at Disney's California Adventure on Tuesday.
``We just said what's up and how you guys doing?'' wide receiver Chris McFoy said.
Most of the Trojans claim they don't mind repeating the same bowl activities as a year ago.
``Last year, there was a lot more riding on it,'' linebacker Oscar Lua said. ``There's some truth to it being hard to do some of the same things but it's still fun. And I get own hotel room because I'm a senior. It's my last time to do everything as a Trojan.''
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||Dec 28, 2006|
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