Reporting from Renton, Wash. — In a way, Pete Carroll has already transformed the Seattle Seahawks into the Seattle USC-hawks.
Eight of his former players are on the training camp roster — and that's after he cut LenDale White — and his staff includes former Trojans coaches Jeremy Bates (offensive coordinator), Ken Norton Jr. (linebackers), Rocky Seto (defensive quality control) and Brian Schneider (special teams).
"It's just guys that are used to what Coach Carroll's teaching, guys who can hit the ground running," fullback Ryan Powdrell said. "We know what to expect. We're used to winning and we have that winning mentality. Whether you're a rookie or you're [starting linebacker] Lofa Tatupu — it's almost relaying the message of what Coach Carroll is preaching."
Sometimes, that takes some doing. For instance, Carroll likes to start each practice with an old-fashioned drill in which players form a single-file line and high-step through a line of foam bags. It's not something you see in many other camps, if any, but it's a routine that Carroll loves — as do the spectators watching from the nearby hillside.