With most media days already over now that the Pac-12 held its own earlier tthan ever, it means most of the preseason media polls are out. And USC is one of only two defending division champions from last season not chosen to repeat. The other is Florida. UCLA and Tennessee were selected instead.
Usc not top 5? https://t.co/pJXUi7tcni
— Matt Leinart (@MattLeinartQB) July 21, 2016
Matt Leinart suggests USC has a top-five offensive line. Everyone is back. But they certainly were not top five last season. This means everyone is making a big leap in improvement. They are No. 1 in the nation in career starts. But if that were the case with Washington State would a Fox Sports analyst say they should be top five?
The Bengals released former USC safety Taylor Mays today. Mays played with the Bengals from 2011-14 and then with the Raiders last season. Mays has one sack and no interceptions in six NFL seasons. Interceptions became an issue at USC when he had two his final three seasons at USC. Then again, Adoree Jackson has one in two seasons.
USC coach Andy Enfield is in Las Vegas today watching some of the top junior-college prospects. The appeal of junior-college recruits has really waned in recent years because many players simply go to prep schools if they don’t have the grades to go to a Division I school out of high school.
But Enfield’s lost so many players he needs to balance the USC roster and he could probably use a junior or sophomore a year from now.
Here’s the latest from Jim Thompson.