The first third of the season is already over and it feels longer because so many things already happened. Dramatic victory. Stunning loss. Off-field incidents. Sideline controversies.
Already criticisms of playcalling. No turnovers from Cody Kessler. Unexpected defensive flaws. Little usage of tight ends. Kicker Andre Heidari with 53-and-52 yard field goals. Flashes of freshmen excellence.
A top 10 ranking. Back-to-back road games. A bye week. Never a dull moment. What did I leave out?
Steve Sarkisian was effusive praising recruit Chuma Edoga, who enrolls in January.
“With Chuma Edoga, we think we’re getting the most premier offensive lineman in the country,” Sarkisian said. “The athleticism he possesses, the potential at left tackle that he has for the future, for his future and the future of our program, is something that is very unique.”
What mystifies three games into the season is why the defensive front 7 is not playing better. USC’s ranked No. 116 in rushing defense with a front 7 that Justin Wilcox praised before the season.
I keep hearing the excuse that Hayes Pullard missed the first half of the Boston College game. BC rushed for 197 yards in the first half. And 255 in the second when Pullard played. Now Pullard is a warrior,no question, but fans/media seem to be looking for an excuse.
And the excuse is the front 7 has not performed to expectations. It’s far worse for a team strength to be a weakness than having a weakness like the offensive line be a weakness.
Steve Sarkisian said today that quarterback Ricky Town, linebacker Cameron Smith and offensive lineman Chuma Edoga signed and will enroll in January.ga Edoga
“It was fun actually,” freshman cornerback Adoree Jackson said. “But at the end of the day, you didn’t have the same plays (on film) they had in the game or know what they are doing because they ran different plays.”
USC defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox took full responsibility for the Boston College debacle.
“I obviously didn’t do a good job preparing us,” Wilcox said.
Whoa! That was fast! One loss and suddenly Steve Sarkisian is already defending his dual role of being playcaller/head coach.
“I have a firm belief in my own capability to execute those duties, as the head coach and the playcaller,” Sarkisian said. “I’ve had worse games than scoring 31 points..”
If Sarkisian needs to give up playcalling, what should defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox do? Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve been critical of the conservative playcalling and poor usage of Juju Smith and Adoree Jackson.
I also favored bigger-named candidates to replace Lane Kiffin. But USC hired Sarkisian and part of his package was calling plays. So it’s a little too early to go to panic stations.
USC offensive line commit Chuma Edoga and his McEachern (Georgia) team plays Lovejoy, Ga. on ESPN on Friday at 5 p.m. PT.