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CBS SportsLine has their 2006 preseason All-America Team out.

USC First Team:

WR Dwayne Jarrett
OL Sam Baker

USC Second Team:

OL Ryan Kalil

The USA Today has the Sargarin Rankings out for 2006. I'm not sure what the significance is but he has USC Rated #1.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has great article on Pete Carroll returning to his coaching roots in Arkansas for this weekends season opener.

Other than Lou Holtz, no Arkansas coach benefitted more from the 1977 Razorbacks than Pete Carroll.

Some great coaches on a great staff went on to do great things at a lot of places after Holtz debuted coaching the 1977 Razorbacks. Arkansas capped a stunning 11-1 season by annihilating prohibitive favorite Oklahoma 31-6 in the Orange Bowl.

Coaches on that staff variously have fashioned long NFL careers, coached in Super Bowls, claimed parts of two NAIA national championships, and been major college head coaches.

Two won national championships in Division I.

Holtz once at

Notre Dame. Carroll twice at the University of Southern California.

Carroll was a grad assistant on that 1977 Arkansas staff. So was current USC offensive line coach Pat Ruel.

 It's going to be a bit of an interesting homecoming this weekend.

The Daily News' Scott Wolf has a story about Chauncey Washington and his improving hamstring injury. It looks like the injury is improving and Washington hopes to be ready for the opener in Arkansas.

Tailback Chauncey Washington participated in some of Monday's practice and said his sore hamstring felt better.

But today will be a better test when the Trojans practice in full pads.

"He looked good out there," USC coach Pete Carroll said. "If he can make it through practice we'll see where we stand. We'll see how far we can take it."

Washington said he feels "100 percent" but also said there was some tightness remaining in his hamstring.

"I was out there running fast with the scout team and I feel I'm going to play," Washington said. "It's not as tight as before."

Considering the Trojans have four freshmen tailbacks playing ahead of him, Washington said he thinks USC could use an older back with some game experience, even though he was ineligible the past two seasons.

Well, they're all young and lack game experience. With Washington out the past 2 years he hasn't seen any game time for quite a while. Lets hope that his good to go so that he finally contribute.