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USC football: Trojans complete bye-week workouts

October 9, 2009 |  9:50 am

Mitch_240 Quarterback Mitch Mustain continued to make a bid for a push up the depth chart and cornerback Torin Harris shined again as USC concluded its bye-week workouts with an early-morning practice that allowed coaches to hit the road for recruiting.

The Trojans practiced without pads, but went through a scrimmage situation highlighted by Mustain's 10-for-12 passing performance.

"He's making a big move," Coach Pete Carroll said. "He's strong. He's throwing the ball really well. In general he's just picked up his game considerably. You can't help but notice it."

Harris also stood out, blocking a field goal and intercepting a pass.

Harris is on track to redshirt, but he took full advantage of a week when younger players were given opportunities.

"I can’t slack off," said Harris, who is from Las Vegas. "I have to get better even though I'm not playing. I want to compete for playing time next year."

-- Gary Klein

Photo: Mitch Mustain looks to throw during a practice on August 11. Photo credit: Jae C. Hong / Associated Press.