First of all, much apologies for the Jimoke blog absence. I have busy getting some school materials straightened out. (Yeah, I forget we have class, too).
But, today was a busy day for the Jimokes! This afternoon, the Trojans had a mock-game to prepare for the season. To prepare for San Jose St.
The Jimokes arrived at the Coliseum at 7am for the 12:30 kickoff and finally finished their duties near 5:00. It was truly a Jimoke-like game-day.
We had to battle the near 100-degree heat that was shadowed over the Coliseum field, and a few of us got burned somewhat badly. Danny looks more like a tomato than a Jimoke, and my face/neck got destroyed by the sun. Not good.
Tomorrow morning, the Jimokes are coming in to Heritage at 8am to distribute the travel gear for all the players and ourselves! Although an early morning after another, we are excited to get our coveted travel gear! It is something we look forward to each and every year!
After Camp was culminated on Saturday night with the Salute to Troy, the Trojans have yet to practice. The players were given Sunday off, as well as Monday, to get accumulated to their daily class schedule.
Today was the official beginning of the new school year at USC, so it sure was nice not to have 4-5 hours of football in the midst of everything.
But tomorrow is another day. And although it was nice to have a break from the sun, all of us Jimokes were puzzled on what we were supposed to do for the afternoon hours. We were lost souls in the desert.
Tomorrow we get back to the daily grind. And all of us can't wait to get back to Howard Jones! Strange? No, I think not.
The end of Fall Camp is nearly here. Tomorrow marks the final official day of Fall Camp for the 2009 campaign.
After tireless, 12-hour days for the past two and a half weeks, the Jimokes will soon get a break from football.
But tomorrow is no shortcut of a day. The set day includes a legit Two-a-Day with a 9am practice and a 3pm scrimmage/practice. It's going to be tiring and hot.
Following the busy day, the Trojans are putting on their annual Salute to Troy. With donors and fans their for dinner, the 2009 Trojans will be introduced. At the event, the Jimokes will be working very hard, and working behind-the-scenes to help make the even run as smoothly as possible!
Hope to see you out at practice tomorrow! Last two of Fall Camp!
The past two days have been pretty busy for the Jimokes. Monday morning, we moved out of Flour tower--where the entire team stayed for ten nights--and into our new housing for the upcoming school year.
The morning was also declared off for the Trojans for the moving process, leaving us to deal with only one practice in the evening.
Monday night was the second intrasquad scrimmage of Fall Camp--and the first at the Coliseum. The coaching staff clearly referred to it as another rendition of "Monday Night Football." With the lights on, the sky dark, and the players rocking, it was a fun atmosphere to be a part of.
As far as today went, Coach Carroll was generous enough to give the Trojans another morning off--the third in as many days. With that morning off, most of the Jimokes finished unpacking and settling in to their new residences.
The Trojans then suited up for a half pads practice this afternoon. After a nearly 48 hour break from the practice field, Howard Jones was able to rest up, get water, and avoid the onslaught of cleats that repeatedly give the field a beating.
Tomorrow we will get back in the usual Two-A-Day format with a morning walk-thru at 9am and a full pads practice at 3pm. Get ready!
Tonight marks the final day of the team residing in Flour Tower. After ten nights in the residence hall, the Jimokes are moving out to their respective housing units for the upcoming school year tomorrow morning.
Since move-out time is at 8am, the Trojans have another morning off tomorrow. The coaches have given the Jimokes and players plenty of time to move into their new place.
Tomorrow will also consist of a couple more important events:
The Trojans will take their team picture tomorrow afternoon. But there will also be an intrasquad scrimmage at the Coliseum tomorrow night at 7:30pm!
The Jimokes are very excited about both, especially the scrimmage. It will be our first time back on the Coliseum field since last Spring.
It is an open scrimmage, so everyone is allowed--and encouraged--to come out and support the Trojans tomorrow night!
Today was a day that these twelve Jimokes may remember for a long time.
When coming out to set-up for the early morning walk-thru this morning, a small Chihuahua-type dog starting sprinting down the sideline of Howard Jones field.
With a major effort by Mike Nebgen and myself, we trapped the lost dog in a corner of a shed. However, the journey was just beginning with the newly named Pepper.
The dog--who we believe is lost from its owners--was so scared and startled that she was shaking uncontrollably. And as a dog lover myself, I was sad to see it.
On top of that, when attempting to pet her, she snapped back. Ferociously.
After calling Animal Control and USC's DPS in the middle of the day, there was still no resolution with the recovery of this dog.
And when the Jimokes came back out for this afternoon's practice, she was still there. After the practice/scrimmage, we met with the dog one more time to see what would come out of it. But to no avail.
Fortunately, we ended the night with a final call to Animal Control who was on their way to recover the lost puppy.
It was clearly not what the Jimokes expected to deal with when waking up this morning. No, it wasn't.
The Jimokes went through their first scrimmage of Fall Camp this afternoon. Howard Jones was rocking, with plenty of fans coming out to support the Jimokes--Oh, I mean the Trojans.
Not only were the fans out, but the stadium music was being blasted across the field to get the players acclimated to actual game-time effects.
The scrimmage was an easy one for the Jimokes to handle. And somewhat of a break for some. Aside from a few Jimokes who had rather important duties, the others didn't have to do the usual "run-and-gun" practice style that make us work as hard as we do.
We are already gearing up for another big day tomorrow: Two-A-Day!
After the first Two-A-Day in Fall Camp yesterday, the Jimokes and Trojans are back at it again with a walk-thru this morning. We are heading out for some breakfast now and then back on to Howard Jones.
Later this afternoon will be a full-pads scrimmage on Howard Jones. We are very excited about it!
The Jimokes had another successful day on Howard Jones. It was an unbelievably hot day, that caused us to start sweating the minute we walked out to the field.
In other news, as I stated earlier, the new Jimokes are really catching on fast with how the practices go. It's great to see them pick it up so quickly!
The newcomers are even getting some "love" from the coaches.
Kory has now been nicknamed "Juice Man," thanks to LB coach Ken Norton, Jr. In yesterday's practice, Coach Norton was jumping around and pumping up his players, saying, "Who's got the juice?" In this morning's walk-thru, Kory walked up to Coach Norton and mysteriously said, "I got the juice, Coach." Later on in the walk-thru, he was servicing the coaches with Gatorade and handed one to Coach Norton. Norton replied with a casual, "Thanks, Juice Man." We all had a good laugh and enjoyed Kory's story.
We are planning on getting to bed early tonight--or at least at a decent time--due to tomorrow's big day.
Tomorrow is the first official Two-A-Day format of practice. While the first few days of Fall Camp have consisted of two practices, one of those two has been technically referred to as a Walk-thru, where balls are not permitted and coaching cannot last more than an hour.
Tomorrow will consist of a 9am practice and a 4pm practice! Let's get ready and hope to see you out there!
The Jimokes have returned to the dorms after Day 3. Today consisted of another morning walk-thru, and the first padded practice of the new season!
It was another good day for the Jimokes, who are definitely starting to feel somewhat tired of the longing Fall Camp. But nearly two weeks still remain, so we got to keep on going!
It's going to be fun!
In other news...
1st year Jimoke Danny Palkovic had a near death experience on the practice field in the afternoon practice. During a Special Teams drill, Danny went to place a football at the line and in the middle of the play. However, as he hustled across the field, a fairly large man in Taylor Mays railed Danny to the ground. "It was devastating," says Danny.
It was clearly a moment to remember in Jimoke history, especially in Danny's eyes. Hang in there!
Today marks the beginning of the 2009 USC Football campaign!
The Trojans, including us Jimokes, have moved into the on-campus Flour Tower to prepare for the upcoming season!
The next ten days will revolve only around football, and the Jimokes are ready! Today is more of a lax day, as we spent yesterday and most of this morning preparing everything on the field for camp. For us, it's all about the preparation!
Tomorrow morning will be the first official walk-thru at 11am, and the first practice at 4pm.
We hope you can venture your way down to Howard Jones field and watch the Trojans gear up for yet another season!
Stay tuned for various posts per day about the Trojans! Fall Camp is here!