Bush: Knee is ‘100 percent’

first_img Bush said he would also return punts with no problems. There was speculation Bush might not start in favor of tailback LenDale White, who has gained 376 yards the past two games. “Reggie’s full speed,” USC coach Pete Carroll said. No Harris: Cornerback-safety Will Harris did not make the trip, still bothered by a sore ankle. Because USC is taking 78 players, freshman quarterback Mark Sanchez makes his first trip since the season-opener at Hawaii. Road sellout: The Notre Dame game is a sellout, which is USC’s fourth straight road sellout this year and eighth straight sellout away from the Coliseum. In 1979-80, USC had 10 straight capacity crowds away from home and neutral sites, which is believed to be the record. TV history lesson: Saturday’s game will be televised on NBC. The first USC national telecast was in 1951 on NBC and also featured Notre Dame. The first opportunity for USC fans in Southern California to watch a live broadcast of a Trojans game from outside Los Angeles or Pasadena was a few weeks earlier, on Nov. 3, 1951, when USC defeated Army 28-6 at Yankee Stadium. That game featured Frank Gifford and also was televised by NBC. New turf: With USC leaving Thursday afternoon for the game, workers wasted no time tearing up the sod at Howard Jones Field. It needs to be replaced in time for Monday’s practice. New era: If anyone thinks Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn isn’t flourishing with new coach Charlie Weis, consider that Quinn has passed for only 273 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in two meetings with USC. Quinn has already passed for more than 400 yards twice this season and has 13 touchdown passes in five games with three interceptions. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! USC tailback Reggie Bush will start against Notre Dame despite missing parts of practice with a sore knee. Bush proclaimed himself fit following Thursday’s practice at Howard Jones Field. “My knee’s fine. It’s 100 percent,” he said. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Sartz relents: Linebacker Dallas Sartz (dislocated shoulder) conceded he will redshirt after USC coach Pete Carroll said he wouldn’t play against Notre Dame. “That’s a fair assessment,” Sartz said. “That’s what everyone keeps saying.” Sartz did make the trip to Notre Dame and expects to suit up for the game. Special guests: Carroll took his high school coach, Bob Troppman, on the trip along with some of his former professors at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. It’s a tradition to bring them on the Notre Dame trip. “Those are my lucky angels,” Carroll said. last_img

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