It seems USC is a Javorius Allen injury away from being in a near-disaster at the tailback position. That would leave only Justin Davis.
Before he injured his hamstring, why wasn’t Soma Vainuku prepped at tailback? There was a lot of talk in the spring about how the new offense uses a fullback, but Vainuku’s seen little time at the position in games.
So why not make him a tailback instead of merely the special teams MVP. USC talks constantly about its depleted roster with less than 60 players available last week. So why not make Vainuku a tailback just in case?
In a return to our earlier series, let’s talk about the quarterback of what many consider the greatest team in college football histor, Mike Rae.
I’m spotlighting Rae because this week, USC noted Pat Haden threw seven touchdown passes in 1972, the same number as Cody Kessler threw last Saturday. But Rae was the starting quarterback on that team.
Rae passed for 1,754 yards with 114 completions in 199 attempts. He also rushed for 247 yards. And of course, he had a backfield of Anthony Davis, Rod McNeil and Sam Cunningham with him.
This came up during yesterday’s appearance with Petros and Money. But when does football became the signature issue surrounding the football program?
Josh Shaw. Anthony Brown. The Steve Sarkisian-Pat Haden sideline incident at Stanford. The phone call/non-phone call to Oregon State assistant coach Mark Banker. The yellow-towel wavers. Hotel damage before the Arizona State game. Victor Blackwell’s arrest. The LenDale White incident. When does football become paramount?
“I don’t know if more things happen, we’re just more consistent (than other teams),” joked a member of the program.
The show Pac-12 Classics features a look at the 1978 USC-Notre Dame game tonight at 8 on the Pac-12 Network. Among those interviewed are former USC players Ronnie Lott, Charles White and Paul McDonald along with Coach John Robinson.