USC cornerback Kevon Seymour did not hold back when discussing the secondary’s performance against Fresno State.
“We have an actual (defensive backs) coach now that teaches us,” Seymour said.
Last season, defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast decided to also coach the secondary. It was controversial because the defensive staff had one less assistant and it caused former coach Lane Kiffin to fire secondary coach Marvin Sanders, who Kiffin said was the “best secondary coach in the nation.”
Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan sounds confident after the Cardinal defeated UC Davis in their opener: “I had a lot of time this offseason to get ready for Week 2 and I feel really good. We’ll have a good plan and a lot of stuff to show.”
Remember how the Coliseum temperature gauge got fixed last year by some USC students. Well, Saturday, the gauge was frozen at 70 degrees. I believe that is the default position when power is lost so maybe it just needs a new battery.
USC quarterback Cody Kessler was named Pac-12 offensive player of the week. Kessler passed for a career-high 394 yards against Fresno State completing 25-of-37 passes with 4 touchdowns (all tying career highs). Linebacker Eric Kendricks of UCLA and wide receiver Kaelin Clay of Utah were named defensive and special teams players of the week.
Does anything look worse during a day game than the backs of USC’s jerseys? I’m using a picture from last season because it shows how bad the back looks, as if the player’s name had been ripped off the upper back. This is because Nike is so cutting edge and needs to have transparent patches for no real reason.
Remember back in July when Stanford wide receiver Ty Montgomery was supposed to be questionable against USC? Well, he had 159 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns in only eight touches against UC Davis.
Steve Sarkisian said freshman wide receiver Ajene Harris played sparingly despite being a starter on the depth chart because during the week he decided to move Nelson Agholor inside to slot back and Juju Smith enjoyed strong practices late in the week.
Of course, Smith’s enjoyed strong practices since Day 1 at USC. He said Agholor grew fatigued during the game and he would need to monitor that. Sarkisian said he would also speak to linebacker Michael Hutchings about why he went to the ground after his interception, which was probably just a show of sportsmanship at the end of the game.