If you are a regular listener perhaps you can inform him tomorrow that Mike MacIntyre of Colorado was named Pac-12 coach of the year. He must be aghast based on his previous comments.
This comes as a mild surprise. Adoree Jackson was named the 2016 Pac-12 Defensive player of the year today. Sam Darnold was the Pac-12 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year. Another surprise: Offensive tackle Zach Banner was a first-team offensive selection. So was offensive tackle Chad Wheeler. Jackson was selected as a first-team defensive back and return specialist.
Five Trojans were on the second team: tailback Ronald Jones, wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, offensive guard Damien Mama, defensive tackle Stevie Tu’ikolovatu and inside linebacker Cameron Smith.
Darnold made also All-Pac-12 honorable mention along with defensive tackle Rasheem Green, defensive end Porter Gustin, safety Chris Hawkins, inside linebacker Michael Hutchings, tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe, cornerback Iman Marshall, safety Leon McQuay III and wide receiver Darreus Rogers.
The complete all-conference team is after the jump:
Not a second-round pick but a second-day-of-the-draft pick. That’s what this article from CBS Sports.com says after Adoree Jackson’s big game against Notre Dame. I have counted Jackson giving up six touchdowns this season. But I don’t think he will fall to the second day. The article notes scouts are worried about his size but Nickell Robey seems to be doing fine in the NFL.
It was 2013 when Pat Haden asked fans to support USC taking control of the Coliseum. It was perfectly reasonable for USC to formulate a renovation plan and then take some time to raise money. And of course the Rams have delayed any desire to start a renovation.
But as this season at the Coliseum ended Saturday, I cannot help but note how little USC’s done to improve anything or even some minor facelifts that make things more tolerable for the fans until the actual renovation begins. USC did not hesitate to make security a priority this season, which caused longer wait times to enter the stadium. So why not a few things to make things more comfortable or modern? Like improving the Wi-Fi or replacing these old TV monitors?
This is a pet peeve of mine. But did you watch Adoree Jackson’s 52-yard touchdown reception against Notre Dame (above). It sure looks like Sam Darnold threw a backwards pass, or a lateral, which means it would officially be considered a run and not a pass. You can watch the video here to judge for yourself (at the 1:54 mark). If Jackson dropped this pass, don’t you think Notre Dame would have grabbed it and run?
Remember this is the same game where USC begged for a lateral ruling on a Notre Dame pass play that turned out to be fumble.
Why does it matter? Well, stats should be accurate. But USC also has a history of turning laterals into forward passes, which pads the stats of the quarterback.
Despite the best efforts of Keyshawn Johnson and other former USC football players turned TV analysts to push Adoree Jackson for the Heisman Trophy, Bovada announced today that its Heisman odds are “off the board” because Louisville QB Lamar Jackson is such a heavy favorite for the award.