I mentioned speaking to an NFL defensive coordinator over the weekend. One thing I was curious about was what he thought about the defensive backs.
“(Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast) doesn’t protect his corners,” he said. “He doesn’t like to change coverages. Sometimes you move your best corner off the best wide receiver to boost his confidence. USC doesn’t do that. They are very predictable.”
I suppose none of this should surprise anyone. On the other hand, Pendergast could respond he has a third-team All-American cornerback.
Talk about a jarring Monday morning. The Associated Press released its All-American team and tailback Ronald Jones made the third team. And . . . cornerback Jack Jones made the third team. Start the Heisman campaign.
I suspect Jack Jones was endorsed by at least one West region voter who helped select the team. And people see he had four interceptions. If he made the first team, he could get a plaque at the McKay Center.
In case you don’t believe, full team after the jump:
One more thing on last week’s Pac-12 Coach of the Year award. You know who really deserved it? Sam Darnold. Let’s see how many games USC wins when he leaves.
Now to an NCAA milestone: Stanford won the men’s soccer national title Sunday to give the Cardinal 115 NCAA championships in all sports. That moves the Cardinal past UCLA (114). It’s significant because UCLA has been No. 1 in titles since 1996.
Stanford actually took the lead for a few hours last Sunday when it won the NCAA women’s soccer title but later that day UCLA tied the Cardinal when it won the men’s water polo title. USC is No. 3 with 104 NCAA titles.