Steve Sarkisian told me back in February that Adoree Jackson would start off his USC career as a defensive player. He confirmed that in an interview on the USC radio show. But yesterday, in a group media session, he was asked where Jackson would play and mentioned him practicing on both sides of the ball.
Sarkisian never actually said he would be a defensive player first. This is what happens sometimes when a coach is surrounded by a bunch of reporters. Caution suddenly reigns. Jackson has always been expected to try to be a two-way player. But the defense is expected to be the first priority. USC’s secondary depth makes that a necessity.