JuJu Smith-Schuster’s Big Season


It seems like every week there is some type of highlight play with Juju Smith-Schuster. He broke the Steelers’ record for receiving yards by a rookie among his other accomplishments. So what happened last year? I remember fans being critical and saying his departure was not a big deal. The rap was he could not separate. What changed? Or he is getting coached up?

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  • Paul Muad’dib

    Maybe it had something to do with the fact that he was playing against the Browns. Or that other teams had to game plan for Antonio Brown and LeVeon Bell…

    • Golden Trojan

      Add to that, now football is a full time paid job, without the distractions and limitations of college. Yes, another year of coaching. I would guess the staff the Steelers is better than any college staff. No limitations in the NFL on coach interacting with players.

      • Paul Muad’dib

        That is also true. Juju was all about football, so him being better in the pros makes sense. He’s the perfect type of WR for the steelers. Reminds me of Hines Ward.

        • steveg

          Steelers had another great WR from USC didn’t they?

          • Michael Guarino

            Sounds like a keeper. Are his skills transferrable to other football-related business?

          • steveg

            WE SHALL SOON SEE WHAT HE IS MADE OF.

          • Paul Muad’dib

            Calvin Sweeney?

          • steveg

            LOL

  • steveg

    I don’t remember much about Juju leaving not being a big deal. I know a lot of us wanted him to stay.

    • Jack B

      It’s a made up falsehood by SW. Ridiculous.

      • Trojan5

        It only takes one knucklehead to make it true. As evidenced by the guy who wanted Swann to go after Tomlin, it isn’t a stretch to think that someone downplayed JuJu leaving.

    • timmay

      Go back, it was a thing. It was a thing even here among commenters. What Scott is not mentioning is that he was part of those stating that Juju lacked breakaway speed, which was ridiculous.

  • Brent4c

    I wouldn’t consider him being the 3rd option now w 2 likely HOF ahead of him as “separation”. He has the benefit of man coverage vs a slot CB or soft zone.

    • Linkster

      You are right. Plus, he was hurt last year for a couple of games. Also, yes he is probably being coached up by the NFL and playing with some great receivers. Duh blogger…

  • LamontRaymond

    Tee Martin & Clay developed one hell of a WR, huh?

    • LamontRaymond

      And ti’s a classic Scottie strawman construction: “I remember fans….” lulz…

  • USCDAN1986

    BREAKING: Carson Palmer announces his retirement.. Good dude, best of luck moving forward!

    • rusoviet

      Good find, yahoo hit it 15 minutes ago – out of there!

    • Paul Muad’dib

      I remember seeing him play freshman year as #15. I think it was against San Diego St. or somebody in the WAC. Back then you could go to a USC game for like $30.

      • USCDAN1986

        I remember… Im 55 .. Lol Im an old dude!

  • marvienna

    He did some good things but he got alot of publicity with some of those creative TD celebrations. Around the league this year, there were some pretty good celebrations and Juju may have re-started the trend.

    It also helps that Juju has a very likable personality. If you watch his TD celebration where he locks up the stationary bike on the sideline, you also see Coach Tomlin come over and give him a big hug and a kiss on the top of the head. You almost never see that from Tomlin or any other NFL coach, especially to a rookie.

    Fight On, Juju!

  • Isaiahdolan

    Alabama 24, Clemson 7

    What an absolute disgrace. Where is the accountability? Where is Dabo Swinney in these big games? The offensive line was atrocious. Clemson cannot compete on the big stage with elite programs. Is this progress as Swinney kept saying in the second half of the season over a year ago?

    • Michael Guarino

      Agree with everything —except the score. Alabama 24, Clemson SIX!!! A crappy, embarrassing SIX!! We showed up big time compared to Clemson!!

      • Linkster

        damn right, we scored 7!

        • Michael Guarino

          As they put it in “This Is Spinal Tap” —“we’re ‘one’ better!’

      • gotroy22

        Who goofed?

        • Michael Guarino

          This is exactly the kind of disaster Lunderful warned us would happen w/o copy editors!
          smdh

  • Cloud Shaman

    No school and he is physically finishing up his maturity.

    • Paul Muad’dib

      His TD celebrations are 2nd to none. A talent that was kept dormant at USC. I’m sure we can blame Helton for that too right Wolfie?

      • steveg

        CROTCH KICK….SCOOOOOORE.

  • Audrey Van Smack

    Todd Haley dialing up calls vs Tee Martin probably didn’t hurt either.

  • UtahTrojan

    I am sure it is Sam making him better. Sam makes everything better, right wolf?

    • Jack B

      Without JuJu, USC never beats PSU in the Rose Bowl.

  • steveg

    Every single player that ever went to the pros got coached up or got cut.

  • Old Trojans never die

    Next stop NFL hall of fame

    • Jack B

      I don’t think Carson is headed to the HOF.

      • USCDAN1986

        What did he earn $173. Mill in his 15 year career.. Lol, He done good!

  • Ignore_the_trolls

    He struggled some with injuries last year, but I thought he had a pretty good year. Darnold sure struggled early without him.

  • timmay

    USC gets so much talent it’s ridiculous. Go Juju! Go SC!

  • timmay

    Someone tried to be sarcastic apparently by comparing criticism of Swinney, who turned around perennial underachiever and basketcase program Clemson, with criticism of Clay Helton. Yes, this is the degree of delusion among Clay Helton supporters. lool

    Dabo Swinney won Dabo won 99 per cent of his big games. Let’s just look at one year…

    In 2015 alone Dabo Swinney’s team beat a No. 6 Notre Dame, a ranked Boston College, a later ranked Miami at Miami, a 16 ranked Florida State, a ranked South Carolina at South Carolina, a ranked No. 8 North Carolina then No. 4 Oklahoma at the Orange Bowl and finally lost to No. 2 Alabama by five points.

    In one season he’s done more than our coach at USC has done for his whole career.

    He followed it in 2016 year beating a later ranked Auburn, a ranked Louisville, at No. 12 Florida State, a later South Carolina, No. 19 Virginia Tech, No. 3 Ohio State and of course beat No. 1 Alabama for the championship.

    This year he beat five teams ranked in the top 15 before losing to Alabama…

    Really, this is what we’ve come to, Clay Helton is making people lose their cotton picking minds. #FireClayHelton

    • 4STP

      Dabo Swinney was 4-3 as an interim head coach in 2008, then went 9-5 and 6-7 in his first two full years. In his third full year he was 10-4, losing in the Orange Bowl, while setting the embarrassing record of giving up the most points in a quarter (35), a half (49), and a game (70) in the 116 year history of bowl games. Trying to compare what Swinney did in his 7th and 8th season as a head coach, to what Helton has done in his first two seasons is a joke. The majority of Clemson fans were calling for him to be fired after his second year. Fortunately for those same fans, the athletic director wasn’t listening to them.

      • timmay

        Anyone trying to compare Clemson to USC as an equal start is lying to themselves or thinks everyone else is an idiot. He had crap talent, he worked under a coach who insisted on an entirely different system. But you said it yourself: it was a 7-6 team he inherited, going from WR coach to Head Coach! He instituted his offense and by the next year tweeked it to a 9-5, fired the whole staff including the DC and position coaches still because the defense sucked! Still by 2011 he won the ACC and beat 5 top 20 teams! 4 ACC Championships in 7 years (FSU went on to the national title two years when they lost the ACC to them), a national Title, a runner up! This is Clemson we’re talking about, a cellar dweller in a conference that has 4 teams with national championships, and is arguably the best conference in college football!!! Gomer took over at USC, with the best talent, the best defense in the conference, and arguably the best football program in the country that had a decade of top 5 recruiting classes… In the worst conference! He can’t get out of his own way! Oh man you’re on something…. looool Comparing Dabo to Gomer! loool Get help!

        • 4STP

          Nice story. Clemson has won more games than USC over the last 10 years, 20 years, and 30 years. What USC did 40 or 50 years ago has as much relevance to today as how many “national championships” Yale has. Show me any program that would or has fired a head coach who was 21-6 in his first two years as a head coach with two major bowl appearances. Too many of you “fans” have an inflated view of what USC should accomplish.

          • timmay

            Put down the crack. First do math, since 2000 USC has notched 25 more wins even while on sanctions, and that is including Clemson playing 2 14 game seasons in the playoffs with Dabo. You take Dabo out of the equation over the same time we had 93 wins to 66 wins for Clemson. The average recruiting class in ranked no. 3 vs Clemson which didn’t make an average in the top 25… That’s why again your comparison is ridic… Stahp. You know you’re wrong to even dream of comparing #1 Dabo and Clay, #2 USC and Clemson and #3 the ACC and PAC 12. I’m done.

          • 4STP

            Keep rambling on. You never address any point I make, because I am correct. Go ahead and be done. Making up stats seems to be your forte. Clemson has been in the top 20 national every year since 2011 in recruiting. The PAC was a better conference than the ACC until the last few years. I am not comparing Helton to Dabo. I am talking about how each has started their head coaching career. Be sure to let me know when you find a coach who has been fired after going 21-6 in his first two years.

          • timmay

            You’re bs. lool You said something stupid and a guy called you on it with the exact stats and I pointed out he was right; USC has the highest number of 4/5 star recruits. After you contradicted him, as a mistake or a lie, you doubled down by saying that since 2000, and before Dabo Clemson had more talent and more success. Well, that was easy to point out that you were wrong again, as you were with the number of victories.

            The fact that Dabo has improved the recruits kills your premise. The fact that USC had great recruiting and success when Clay got hired kills your premise. The fact that USC is still getting more talent but doing far less with it kills your premise. The fact that Dabo took over a horrible program, with no talent and fired the staff, and won kills your premise. The fact that Gomer took over a ten win program with top talent stocked and his offense and the same defense in place kills your premise. The rankings of the teams Clemson played being far higher kills your premise. The fact that the ACC has multi national champs and even had multiple national champs during the period Dabo has been coach kills your premise.

            Just stop, it’s embarrassing…

          • 4STP

            You aren’t the brightest bulb in the world are you. From my last post “I am not comparing Helton to Dabo. I am talking about how each has
            started their head coaching career. Be sure to let me know when you find
            a coach who has been fired after going 21-6 in his first two years.” Show where I ever made any statement that Helton was as good or a better coach than Swinney. Show where I said anything about their recruiting prowess or coaching ability. Until you can, why don’t you just stop, like you said you would. We get it, you want Helton fired. Throwing up one straw man argument after another isn’t helping you make your point.

  • Arturo

    Juju was 17 when he started as a true Frosh at SC. I think he just turned 21. He is still maturing, doesn’t need to go class anymore and will get better. He did well at SC and to suggest that he didn’t develop in college is ludricous.