The Notre Dame game will be Adoree Jackson’s signature game that thrust him into the spotlight. But from an offensive standpoint, why did it happen in Game 12? USC’s offense needed him against Alabama and more importantly, Stanford, but he barely played offense against the Cardinal.
The one time he really featured on offense against Stanford, it forced the Cardinal to change their defensive formation. But it was OK to feature him offensively against 4-8 Notre Dame? Stanford, with Ryan Burns at QB, was where he was needed. Instead, he was used against Notre Dame and the more pass-happy DeShone Kizer, which would tax him more on defense.
USC quarterback Max Browne is leaving the program immediately and told me he is considering 25 schools as possible destinations. Browne did not want to name the schools but said five already contacted him.
“I need to do my due diligence,” Browne said.
Browne said he researched all 128 FBS schools “so I know which quartebacks are leaving” before finding 25 that need a quarterback.
Browne must find a school where he would pretty much be guaranteed a starting spot.
USC has put out a video today that seems to push Adoree Jackson for the Heisman Trophy. Or maybe the Lott Trophy, which named Jackson one of four finalists for the award. Don’t blame USC for putting out a video this late. Jackson did not have a breakout game until Notre Dame. He’s given up six touchdown passes this season. His freshman year he gave up one.
USC says defensive tackle Noah Jefferson is transferring for personal reasons. Sources tell me Jefferson had an issue with his family that became a problem during the season. He hasn’t even been around really even though Clay Helton said he would return any week about a month ago. He and E.J. Price are big losses for next season.
Just to be clear, if I’m skeptical of USC with three losses being pushed by pundits for the College Football Playoff, I’m no fan of Washington going either. Who have the Huskies beaten? Not USC. Their big win is over Washington State in Pullman. They beat Idaho and Portland State and Rutgers. And feasted on lots of bad Pac-12 teams.
No surprise here. Just two years ago, Oregon was in the national championship game and it seemed like Mark Helfrich guided the program perfectly. Now he is fired. This is not good news for USC if Oregon goes out and hires a big-time coach.