For all the remarks made throughout last season by Lane Kiffin about USC’s lack of talent and surviving post-glory days, nine players were drafted by NFL teams. And a 10th — center Kris O’Dowd — was supposed to be picked.
I’m not suggesting this draft class is anything close to a couple years ago. But it’s not exactly talent that justifies an 8-5 record when you’re producing twice as many pro picks as Auburn, Florida and Oklahoma.
Here’s how USC compared to some other college football powers:
Two mainstays of USC’s offensive line — Kris O’Dowd and Butch Lewis — did not get drafted. It sounds as if injuries were a factor and O’Dowd did not have the strongest Senior Bowl. When the NFL lockout ends, they should quickly with NFL teams as free agents.
Lane Kiffin would sure like them back.
Wide receiver Ronald Johnson on facing Pete Carroll twice a year:
“That will be fun, just to be able to talk to him after the game or before the game, and once I get on the field, forget about it and have to go and beat his team. That’s my thing. I’m going to come into the NFL with a chip on my shoulder and lead my team to a Super Bowl.”
USC wide receiver Ronald Johnson on whether he liked his new coach, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh:
“We all respected him. He’s a great coach and he had his players doing the right things on the field, and off the field, and he’s a great coach and I can’t wait to play for him.”