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Mark Sanchez departure sparks USC quarterback derby

January 16, 2009 | 11:38 am

Mitch Mustain

Just hours after Mark Sanchez said that he was heading to the NFL, four Trojans who are expected to compete for the starting quarterback job took to the USC practice field for an informal workout. The Times' Gary Klein reports  that the Thursday afternoon workout included Mitch Mustain, Aaron Corp and Garrett Green and newcomer Matt Barkley.

Here's what USC Coach Pete Carroll told Klein about change: "We've only really had good experiences with these kinds of transitions. So that's all we know. And hopefully we'll prove that again."

Also, Adam Rose's All Things Trojan blog at offers fans a chance to vote on two big issues of the day: Which Trojan should become the starting quarterback, and did Sanchez make the right move by opting to go professional.

-- Greg Johnson

Photo: USC quarterback Mitch Mustain during an Aug. 21, 2008, practice. Credit: Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times