USC Morning Buzz: Players Like It When They Have A Coach

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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.”

Meanwhile, USC wants to avoid repeating its 2012 trip to Stanford.

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Memo To Justin Wilcox

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.”

Picture Of The Day

"0830_NWS_LDN-L-USC-FRESNO-MB"Tailback Javorius Allen overcame the grabbing of his facemask durng the Fresno State game. He is currently 50-1 to win the Heisman Trophy while Cody Kessler is 33-1 according to Bovada.

USC Quarterback Cody Kessler Pac-12 Player Of Week

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.

Thin Jerseys

MARQISE.LEE.TDDoes 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.

 

Juju Smith Officially A Starter

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In a major shock, Juju Smith is now No. 1 at wide receiver on the new USC depth chart. Ajene Harris, No. 1 last week at slotback, is now No. 3 behind Nelson Agholor and Adoree Jackson.

After watching yesterday’s game, you probably wonder why Smith was not No. 1 from the beginning? Because you are not a coach.

To see full depth chart, click on image after the jump.

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Sunday Night With Sarkisian, Pt. II

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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.