USC Morning Buzz: Will Receiving Corps Be Healthy This Week?

It’s a short week for USC and I hear wide receiver Deontay Burnett injured his shoulder in the Cal game. That’s not ideal going into a Friday night game at Washington State. Also, wide receiver Michael Pittman’s sprained ankle is reportedly about 70 percent recovered. Steven Mitchell (groin) and Joseph Lewis (ribs) already missed the Cal game If for some reason, Burnett could not play, who would be USC’s go-to receiver?

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  • steveg

    Anyone remember when Wolf was complaining about recruiting so many Receivers? Perhaps there was a touch of wisdom and experience to all the madness.

    • Trojans 6942

      That’s outstanding!

  • Trojans 6942

    Way to early for the what if game. What if Sam slips on a bar of soap?

  • Ryan D

    steven carr would be their go-to from out of the backfield lol. too bad that te opted to quit the team smh.

  • Trojan 70

    USC will be fine. Tojo comes back, Deontae has big game. Defense comes up big

  • Cloud Shaman

    Eat up the clock with the run game.

  • Clay Russell

    The go to receiver is the guy Sam goes to on a given play. Next man up! Who wants it?

  • Peaceful Warrior

    Scott according to you we only need Darnold. We don’t need coaches, receivers, defense, running backs etc. In the Cal game Darnold’s QBR was 60.5. Nothing to get all that excited about. The 1st team defense on the other hand only allowed 1 touchdown and caused 6 turnovers . 7 receivers caught passes and Stephen Carr showed flashes of brilliance. WSU is going to be a dog fight on short week on Friday night in Pullman. One thing I’m confident in is that this team will show up and fight.

  • SCgrad12

    Go 21 personnel, two backs, one tight end, and run right at them 40 times.

    • Trojan96

      I like your thinking. But we need to stop using zone blocking and more helmet to helmet blocking schemes to open the running lanes.

      • SCgrad12

        Keep it simple, base block it. If your man is head up on you then you block him. If not, get to the next level and find someone.

    • Michael Guarino

      I don’t know if you’re being 100% serious —but this would actually work —if we could avoid injuries—-against every team left on our schedule, including Notre Dame.

      • SCgrad12

        I’m very serious. The last thing that USC needs to do against Wazzu is run the ball outside, because Wazzu can really run on defense.

        • Michael Guarino

          You’re right —I don’t think a lot of people realize how fast WSU is up front. We either out-physical Washington State or we lose. I think Helton gets that, too. #HopeWe’re100%HealedUpForFriday

    • Gabby

      Go wildcat and put Sam in the slot

  • Paul Muad’dib

    Sam Darnold will throw the ball to himself. He will also play middle linebacker, handle kickoffs and punts. He is also the team’s #1 water boy and will be in charge of the team medical staff. Don’t worry Wolf, we have Darnold.

    • Michael Guarino

      Is this really possible, Paul?

      • Paul Muad’dib

        Possible? Of course it is. Sam wanted to do more, but it would be considered lack of institutional control.

  • USC jojo

    Is there a reporter in the house?

  • schammer47

    if Deontay is less than 100 %, watch out.

    • Michael Guarino

      As sad as it sounds, no one can entirely fill Deontay’s shoes at this moment. Amazingly, after spring and fall camps, we don’t really have another full fledged go- to receiver —although a healthy Mitchell will do for now. And a healthy Daniel Imatorbhebhe would be nice to see out there, too.

  • marvienna

    I would say more bubble screens to RB’s lined up out wide, except for the fact that I think this offense relies on that play far, far too much already.

    The bubble screen needs to die a horrible death.

  • Rabb

    Go back to the HUDDLE to call plays. Allow Sam the opportunity to call AUDIBLES. Tee Martin calls plays from the sideline.

  • jim

    If Burnett can’t play, we’re in trouble, especially if Mitchell misses another game. On the other hand, if they are not healthy and we put them in anyway, how well will they play?