Sanchez likely to get a 3rd start
Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian said he would rather rest Booty than risk further injury. “We have to look at the long haul,” Sarkisian said. “If we risk the rest of the season for Saturday, it’s not wise.” Sanchez said he would be disappointed if he did not start. “Whatever happens, happens,” he said. ” If I wasn’t mad a little bit I wouldn’t be a competitor.” Sanchez said his father, Nick, an Orange County firefighter, would find out today if he could attend the Oregon game. Nick Sanchez has not missed a game the past 2 seasons. Mark Sanchez said he was not worried about his father. “I’ve been getting text messages from my dad and his unit,” Sanchez said. “I’ve been through this before.” Green will redshirt Tailback Broderick Green, who has not played because of a stress fracture in his foot, said he will redshirt after consulting with his family and coaches. “My foot feels 100 percent, but I’m going to redshirt,” Green said. Green injured his foot right before the season opener against Idaho. He was listed as playing against Notre Dame in the participation chart, but it was incorrect. Injury report Offensive tackle Sam Baker (hamstring) said he felt fine and would play against Oregon. Offensive guard Jeff Byers is bothered by a neck stinger, but practiced the past two days. Byers was supposed to take Tuesday off, but Chilo Rachal pulled out of practice and forced Byers back into action. Offensive tackle Drew Radovich took the day off to rest his sore back. Tailback Joe McKnight got hit in his lower hip during Wednesday’s practice in the same spot where he got bruised against Notre Dame. McKnight will need to wear extra pads, but is OK. Tailback Stafon Johnson (sprained foot) said he remains around 80-85 percent, but will play against Oregon. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“He doesn’t have a feel on the football right now,” USC coach Pete Carroll said. “The ball might fly on him. If we were to play today, Mark would have started.” But Carroll was surprised by how well Booty practiced and that his finger responded better than a week ago following his first practice. “I’m surprised John was as good today. I didn’t expect that,” Carroll said. “(But) he wasn’t better than yesterday. He’s the same.” Booty said he wanted to start against Oregon, but admitted he is not 100 percent. “I’m getting some velocity back,” he said. “There’s been so much improvement, it’s like night and day.” By Scott Wolf STAFF WRITER USC quarterback Mark Sanchez will start his third straight game barring a sudden change of heart by the Trojans’ coaching staff. Senior quarterback John David Booty participated in his longest practice since breaking his finger but his finger remains swollen and the ball sometimes sailed on him during the workout.