There are plenty of USC Pac-12 championship T-shirts at the bookstore today.
I spoke to a writer who has covered a lot of JT Daniels’ games the past three seasons.
“He’s very good but he’s going to have some issues,” he said. “He will have to face a pass rush. He had a great line and great receivers at Mater Dei. He didn’t have to worry about getting touched.”
— Draft Analyst (@DraftAnalyst1) January 23, 2018
USC defensive end Uchenna Nwosu measured in at 6-2, 245 pounds at the Senior Bowl today. In the above video, he goes against Alex Cappa of Humboldt State.
Bovada has come out with its first Heisman odds for 2018. No surprise that Stanford tailback Bryce Love is the favorite. I jokingly asked in the headline why JT Daniels is not listed since everyone says he is the best QB ever. I also included last year’s opening odds for comparison.
So much attention gets focused on the skill positions when analyzing teams. But the Cotton Bowl did put the offensive line under the microscope. But even before the Cotton Bowl, a big problem I heard about talking to a pair of former All-American Trojan linemen is that the offensive line does not finish blocks.
I’ve heard this the past two seasons from the same ex-USC linemen. Is this something that just gets taught or just comes from within? And why will improve next season? That’s the more important question.
Look at the times that Ronald Jones, a universally lauded tailback, struggled against physical defenses: He had 47 yards vs. Texas; 32 yards vs. Notre Dame; 64 yards against Ohio State. And if we’re talking 2017, he had 55 yards vs. Penn State in the Rose Bowl.
So if you are happy several starters are back, just hope fundamentals will somehow improve.
USC still has a vacancy for a running backs coach. It doesn’t appear like Western Kentucky can supply anyone. So where will USC find the next Deland McCullough, who was at Indiana before coming to USC. USC got lucky with McCullough. Can it hit the jackpot two straight years?
One potential problem: Coaches might view USC as a one-year job as far as security goes in case the Trojans lose more than expected next season.