USC Football: QB Mark Sanchez Carted Off Field

Ben GibsonSenior Analyst IAugust 8, 2008

The road to a USC National Championship just got a little more interesting.

Mark Sanchez, the front-runner to replace John David Booty as the head quarterback of the Trojans had to be carted off the field yesterday during practice.

Sanchez fell hard on his left knee and had to be helped off before x-rays could be taken.  Results of these x-rays are not yet known. 

Interestingly enough, second on the depth chart for USC at the QB position is former Arkansas Razorback signal-caller Mitch Mustain.

Mustain, as you may recall, left the SEC school rather disgruntled that he was not given the opportunity he believed he was owed. 

After going 8-0 as a starter as a true freshman, Mustain was relieved by Casey Dick and only played one series in the last four games of the regular season.

Mustain was frustrated with the lack of playing time and sought a team built on passing where he may have an opportunity to compete. 

Well, if Sanchez is on the shelf for any significant period of time then all eyes will be on the former high-school Gatorade National Player of the Year.

Mustain debuted in college football, ironically, against the Trojans of USC in a 50-14 loss.

USC opens its season in Charlottesville, Va. against the Cavaliers on August 30th.