In comments made following the team's practices in April, University of Southern California (USC) Head Coach Pete Carroll remarked that quarterback Mark Sanchez was "a little more resourceful of an athlete than John David Booty was. JD was more of a pocket guy. Mark is quicker to take off and move. His subtle movements are more quicker to slide and bob and weave in the pocket. He's also quicker to take off and run. John was going to beat you throwing the ball. Mark will take off and make some yards with his legs which is a nice attribute to have."
Translation: Sanchez is a scrambler, which is a must have in the PAC-10 as the USC Trojans annually have a bullseye on their backs. Don't get me wrong, Booty was a great quarterback for the Trojans and has a chance to be a starter with the Minnesota Vikings in the National Football League (NFL). What makes Sanchez different from Booty is his ability to recognize when a play is breaking down and therefore make a play with his feet. Football, weather its in college or on the pro level, is very much a quarterback's game. With that said, quarterbacks in college and on the pro level need to have the ability to scramble if and when their offensive lines give out or a play breaks down. Sanchez's ability to scramble will make them National Title contenders once again, and probably give Sanchez a chance to be drafted very high in either the 2009 NFL draft (if he chooses to come out early), or the 2010 draft.