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John David Booty finally gets his chance to start at Southern California, and some expect him to hoist a Heisman just like the past two Trojans QBs

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

By Ted Lewis

Before he took his first snap at Southern California, John David Booty had made history.

After completing his requirements to graduate from Evangel in summer school, Booty became the first known prep player to skip his senior year in high school to start his college career early.

Now, Booty has the chance to again make history. He will follow not one, but two Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks when the Trojans open the season Sept. 2 at Arkansas. No school has had three consecutive quarterbacks to win a Heisman.

"I keep falling into some crazy stuff somehow, don't I?" Booty said.

Booty, who led Evangel to two state championships and likely would have been the nation's No. 1 quarterback prospect for 2003 had he not departed for USC, now is a junior who enters fall drills No. 1 on the Trojans' depth chart. This, despite missing all but the first day of spring practice with a recurrence of back spasms that finally required surgery on a bulging disc.

That claim at No. 1 assumes he is cleared for practice when the Trojans report Aug. 2.

"I feel like I'm almost 100 percent," Booty said during a quick trip home to Shreveport this month. "Even when it's sore, it's not as sore as it was before.

"I'm throwing in seven-on-seven drills and basically doing everything else I was before."

Booty will have to be at his best come August. Redshirt freshman Mark Sanchez, who had even more high school accolades than Booty, got all of the work with the first unit in the spring that would have been Booty's.

Trojans coach Pete Carroll said that Sanchez is ahead of departed Heisman winner Matt Leinart at this stage of his career (and Booty is even more advanced than that), and USC offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin added, "The depth chart going into camp means nothing."




Tuesday, July 25, 2006

John David Booty isn't the only inexperienced quarterback taking over a prominent program this season:

SEAN GLENNON, Virginia Tech

With the tumultuous Marcus Vick era over, Glennon, a sophomore, came out of spring practice ahead of fellow sophomore Cory Holt and redshirt freshman Ike Whitaker. Considered the most-talented of the three, Whitaker could challenge for the starting spot by the time the season begins.


Harrell is the Red Raiders' fifth new starter in five seasons, but unlike his predecessors, he's not a senior. Harrell, a sophomore who threw 55 passes in mop-up duty last season, will fit well into Coach Mike Leach's spread formation.


Think the Longhorns will miss Vince Young? The defending national champions go into the season without a quarterback who has thrown a collegiate pass. McCoy redshirted last season, and Snead graduated from high school early to enroll at Texas in the spring. Neither emerged from spring drills with a clear handle on the job.


McGee, a sophomore, showed what he's capable of late last season when he replaced injured career passing leader Reggie McNeil for the final two games and threw major scares into Oklahoma and Texas. A better runner than passer, McGee should be effective running the Aggies' spread option.


Morelli, a junior, has thrown 33 passes in his career. He'll be replacing Michael Robinson, who led the Nittany Lions to the Big Ten title last season, winning league MVP honors. Morelli, who is more of a pocket passers than Robinson, will be tested early on the road at Notre Dame and Ohio State.


OK, the Commodores aren't what you'd call a prominent program, but the competition to replace Jay Cutler will be interesting. Nickson, with three passes last season as Cutler's backup, emerged from spring practice with the job. But the situation became complicated when Arizona backup Richard Kovalcheck took advantage of a new NCAA transfer rule that allows him to become eligible immediately. Kovalcheck should provide a strong challenge for Nickson, a sophomore, when camp opens.


Olson was one of the top quarterback prospects in the country in 2001. But after signing with Brigham Young, he went on a two-year Mormon mission, transferred to UCLA and threw four passes last season as the backup to Drew Olson (no relation).


After backing up Charlie Whitehurst for three seasons, Proctor gets his chance. Proctor, a fifth-year senior, has played in 12 games, taking 99 snaps and throwing 34 passes. Proctor has history on his side, though. The last three Clemson quarterbacks who became first-time starters as seniors all led the Tigers to bowl games.


Tereshinski, a senior, flopped (a 14-10 loss to Florida when he replaced D.J. Shockley) in his one opportunity to start last season, but he kept the No. 1 job in the spring ahead of redshirt freshman Joe Cox and Matthew Stafford, the No. 1 prep prospect in the country who graduated early to be at the school for the spring as well. Bulldogs coach Mark Richt has great loyalty to Tereshinski but could make a change by the Sept. 9 game against South Carolina.


Wilson, a sophomore, might be an improvement on beloved departed starter Brodie Croyle. Wilson, who threw 11 passes in five games last season, rates the equal of Croyle in arm strength and has better mobility. A strong finish to spring practice has Crimson Tide fans believing that Wilson can get Alabama back on top in the SEC West.

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Booty will not be the starting QB at USC by the end of the season

You heard it here first


Is Sanchez still on the team?

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