USC-Notre Dame Report Card

Here are the grades from yet another loss:

RESULT: No. 1 NOTRE DAME 22, USC 13

RECORD: 7-5, 5-4

WEEK 12 GRADE: C

 

QUARTERBACK

 

Max Wittek did no worse than if Matt Barkley started the game.

 

B-

 

RUNNING BACKS

 

Did Silas Redd ever imagine Penn State would have better record than USC?

 

C+

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

 

Marqise Lee admitted running wrong route on Wittek’s second interception.

 

C

 

OFFENSIVE LINE

 

Notre Dame stuffed the box so the line was under duress entire game.

 

D+

 

DEFENSIVE LINE

 

Leonard Williams made eight tackles but otherwise not much to talk about.

 

C

 

LINEBACKERS

 

Nearly invisible between the 20-yard lines.

 

C-

 

DEFENSIVE BACKS

 

Notre Dame QB Everett Golson picked apart soft coverages.

 

D+

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

 

Notre Dame’s special teams were just as good, if not better.

 

C

 

COACHING

 

Is Lane Kiffin still calling plays from the 1-yard line?

 

D+

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  • dtksr1 @dslextreme.com

    Kiffin, due to his recruiting ability, with the scholie limitations, seems to win favor from his employer. Is this really going to help in the long run? Kiffin continues bringing in “his” type finesse players and when another coach comes in, he will have a full house of Kiffin choices. By the way, someone please tell me how well our skilled & position players have improved, under Kiffin, from last season to now? If Kiffin stays, it will be a well thought-out master-piece by upper management… NOT!

    • gotroy22

      Stephen A Smith says that Colorado fired Embree after 2 years but SC keeps giving Kiffin second chances after 3 years due to racism.

  • gotroy22

    Talk about grade inflation…How can you give the team and the coach a passing grade when we lost? Andy loss should be an automatic F.

    • Golden Trojan

      The players played well enough to win. The coaching deserves the F. Kiffin’s game plan was mostly run it up the middle or have Max chuck it down field, genius.

      • gotroy22

        I respectfully disagree. Jumping offsides when you have first and goal from the six inch line is playing well enough to win? Dropping a poorly thrown but still catchable pass in the end zone on 4th and goal is playing well enough to win? The bad coaching has infected our players. F for all.

        • Golden Trojan

          True , true penalties are on the players and they do need to execute but the coach creates the attitude and puts the team in a position to succeed. Instead of a pass to the full back in a crowd, why not a jump ball to the tight end against shorter DBs with Woods and Lee running decoy routes?

  • QueenKiff

    How does Kiff reach a D+!!!

  • realtrojan

    Wow, Scott. You must be the most generous guy to Kiffin in town!!! A D+ for the coaching like that?! Hey, I think I could coach that team better myself!!! LOL!!!

  • realtrojan

    FIRE KIFFIN NOW!!!