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Mark Beech
April 26, 2004
TROJAN TROUBLEThe suspension of USC tackle Winston Justice (he allegedly flashed a pellet gun at another student) leaves his status for the fall up in the air, meaning right guard Fred Matua may be the only returning 0-line starter for the co-national champions. That could mean a lot of scrambling this fall for quarterback Matt Leinart. On the bright side sophomore tailback Reggie Bush looked very sharp in spring drills. USC is counting on the multitalented Bush, who set a school freshman record with 1,331 all-purpose yards, to take up the slack left by the depletion of the Trojans' wideout corps.
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April 26, 2004

Mark Beech's Sidelines

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TROJAN TROUBLE
The suspension of USC tackle Winston Justice (he allegedly flashed a pellet gun at another student) leaves his status for the fall up in the air, meaning right guard Fred Matua may be the only returning 0-line starter for the co-national champions. That could mean a lot of scrambling this fall for quarterback Matt Leinart. On the bright side sophomore tailback Reggie Bush looked very sharp in spring drills. USC is counting on the multitalented Bush, who set a school freshman record with 1,331 all-purpose yards, to take up the slack left by the depletion of the Trojans' wideout corps.

TROPHY HUNT
Kansas State coach Bill Snyder is such a fan of Darren Sproles, who rushed for 1,986 yards and had 16 touchdowns last season, that he's thinking about allowing the school to start a Heisman campaign for the 5'7" senior tailback. That's big news in little Manhattan, considering that Snyder has never permitted such hype—even for star quarterback Michael Bishop in '98—in his 15 years with the Wildcats program. Said Snyder of Sproles, "He's more than just a guy who makes a commitment when you hand the ball off to him. He's a hard runner, a pass catcher, he's developed as a blocker, he's a punt returner and he's a kickoff returner. He's really talented."

EXTRA POINTS

Last week Georgia, tailback Albert Hollis II went through his first contact drills since suffering a catastrophic injury to his right knee as a redshirt freshman in the spring of 2001. On his first carry in last Saturday's spring game Hollis took the ball six yards up the middle and received a long ovation from the 25,000 fans in Sanford Stadium. "It feels good to be back out there competing," said Hollis, who'll be a senior this year. "Now it's time to really compete. I didn't come here to make the bench."...

Oklahoma State quarterback Josh Fields, who threw for 2,494 yards and 21 touchdowns last year, is hitting .366 as a third baseman for the Cowboys and is attracting the attention of big league scouts in the run-up to the June 7 draft. If he chooses pro baseball, QB duties would be up for grabs between freshmen Bobby Reid and Donovan Woods, the younger brother of former OSU receiver Rashaun Woods....

Auburn's new offensive coordinator, Al Borges, is shifting the Tigers, who ranked 10th in the SEC in passing in 2003, to a West Coast attack and had his quaterbacks throwing long this spring. The coach admits progress has been slow. "We're a long way from a well-oiled machine," Borges says. "In this style of play, little things are critical—footwork flaws, stepping to the target, timing throws. Hopefully we can refine it in two-a-days."

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