Mark Sanchez is back at USC practice after taking some time off.
After taking some brutal shots against UCLA in the season finale in which the Trojans clinched the Pac-10 title, Sanchez was back in full swing Thursday as USC got back to fulltime work outs.
The Trojans will tangle with Penn State in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.
In other USC news, defensive backs coach Rocky Seto will be staying with the school after the Rose Bowl. Seto turned down an offer to follow outgoing offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian to become the new defensive coordinator at Washington.
I actually just talked to Seto yesterday for a story running on Jan. 1 about defensive back Josh Pinkard. The guy is as polite, energetic and intense as it gets, and that was just from talking to him 10 minutes on the phone.
Several players in the Rose Bowl will flirt with the possibility of going to the NFL after the game. Among them, Sanchez, and Aaron Maybin.
Interesting about Maybin, Mel Kiper said last night on ESPN Radio’s Freddie Coleman that if Maybin comes out early he is surely an “early first round pick.”
The interesting thing about those consideirng the early entry option, with a possible lockout coming in 2011 and rookie’s salaries affected, why not get out of college now and get your money if you can? I think it’s foolish for anyone in the current climate to stay if they can get big bucks now. Cash in now and get paid, worry about the lockout three years from now.
I think right now it’s 50-50 that Maybin stays or goes. He has a national stage to shine on against NFL quality opponents. A big Rose Bowl even in a losing effort could go a long way in determining what Maybin does.
NFLDraftScout.com projects Maybin as the No. 1 defensive end prospect in the Draft class of 2011 and say his stock is rising. Note that the site ranks players based on when their senior year would be.
Kiper thinks Maybin is a defensive end/outside linebacker in the NFL. Kiper also said last night that Derrick Williams is an obvious NFL pick, but said to keep an eye on Deon Butler, Jordan Norwood and Gerald Cadogan.