Adoree Jackson knew his reputation preceeded him as a top 10 recruit. And he knew the bad part attention can bring.
“A lot of people told me they didn’t think I would come in and work hard,” Jackson said Wednesday. “I wanted to prove them wrong. I don’t want to be viewed by people as a slacker. I wanted to earn respect from the players.”
Jackson’s done that so far with humility and of course, his athleticism.
When Steve Sarkisian talks about offensive lineman Aundrey Walker, he usually sounds blunter than with other players: “He needs to play better. I think he’ll be the first to tell you that . . . we’re going to need him to play better.”
USC retired Bill Sharman’s No. 11 and hung it in the rafters of the Galen Center. So what number is freshman point guard Jordan McLaughlin wearing this season? No. 11.
Sharman won four NBA titles and was an eight-time all star with the Boston Celtics, not to mention an All-American and all-conference player at USC. But the part that really makes it interesting is that Sharman briefly played baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers and was in the dugout at the Polo Grounds when the Giants’ Bobby Thomson hit the famed, “Shot Heard ‘Round the World,” the homer that beat Brooklyn for the 1951 NL pennant. An amazing life.
Hopefully this was considered before McLaughlin received No. 11.
USC wide receiver Ajene Harris strained his hamstring in practice this morning. Steve Sarkisian said he did not know the severity of the injury. Sarkisian said freshman Steven Mitchell might play if Harris is out. Of course, Nelson Agholor could also move inside, which is where he played against Fresno State.
Steve Sarkisian said he went back and watched film regarding complaints USC employed improper chop blocks against Oregon State. Sarkisian described plays where Oregon State players were hurt as “incidental.”
He said would call Oregon State defensive coordinator Mark Banker about it.
One year ago this week, Lane Kiffin was fired following a 62-41 loss to this week’s opponent, Arizona State. This week’s game with the Sun Devils brings back memories of that night for the Trojans.
“We knew about the firing on the bus (coming back from the airport),” USC tight end Randall Telfer said. “I didn’t know anything about (Ed Orgeron) being the coach until the next day. It was a really rough loss. It is in the back of our mind.”
Arizona State just got blown out by UCLA but here’s Sun Devils coach Todd Graham today on USC: “Talent-wise, they’re the best we’ve seen on film at this point. We won’t play a better tailback combination or a better group of receivers all year.”