USC QB Sam Darnold is fourth in the first Heisman Trophy odds for 2017 by Bovada at 9/1. Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield is No. 1 at 11/2. Full odds after the jump:
It’s the three-week anniversary of the Rose Bowl. I’ve heard Adoree Jackson’s ankle is still not 100 percent, which makes it a good time to remember something from the game that is easy to overlook because of Sam Darnold’s heroics.
USC outscored Penn State, 17-0, in the fourth quarter despite missing Jackson and linebacker Cameron Smith (ejected) while cornerback Iman Marshall was in-and-out of the game after being hit in the head. And this was a defense that already allowed 49 points.
Now maybe it was Penn State’s playcalling too. Why you would throw two straight times in the same spot of the field at Leon McQuay is something people in State College must still be talking about.
And let’s face it, Darnold’s touchdown pass to Deontay Burnett is something the coaches never dreamed up. But all these things made it a “perfect storm” for a comeback. And it’s worth noting 21 days later.
USC was outscored 12-1 to end the game and held on for the victory before 2,931 at the Galen Center. Elijah Stewart scored 29 points, including 7 shots from 3-point range, to lead the Trojans. Next up: UCLA on Wednesday.
UPDATED: Andy Enfield said after the game forward Bennie Boatwright (knee) will not play against UCLA but should be back the following week against the Washington schools.
Here’s an interesting article by SB Nation on how 68 of the 88 starters in today’s NFC and AFC championship games were three-star, two-star or unrated recruits, as the chart above reflects.
But . . . the article also points out the following: The reason is so few recruits are five-and-four stars. “Five-stars make up less than one percent of Division I recruits, yet five percent of the AFC and NFC Championship starters,” the article states. “Four-stars make up just nine percent of Division I recruits, yet 18 percent of the AFC and NFC Championship starters.”
So, yes, stars do matter.
David Reaves, recently hired as co-offensive coordinator at Oregon, was fired today after being arrested at 2:12 a.m. on charges of DUII, reckless driving and reckless endangerment, according to the Oregonian.
It’s been quite a week at Oregon as three players were hospitalized after workouts and the strength coach was suspended for a month. Reaves is the brother of Lane Kiffin’s ex-wife and was on Kiffin’s staff at Tennessee. They supposedly had a falling out and Kiffin did not bring Reaves with him to USC. Reaves is the son of former NFL and Florida QB John Reaves.
Brandon Pili, a defensive tackle from Portland, committed to USC tonight. He had USC and Oregon State as his final two choices. He is a three-star recruit according to Rivals. USC needs defensive tackles so it’s obviously a good addition to the recruiting class.
Meanwhile, cornerback Wylan Free, who originally committed to USC last year, switched to Fresno State today. So that means USC wanted someone who is going to Fresno State. Until it decided to nudge him elsewhere. Doesn’t this cry out for skepticism over the evaluations being done among the coaching staff?
“The reforms enacted today, through the proposals we co-sponsored with our peer conferences as well as the proposals sponsored solely by the Pac-12, will give student-athletes more time to pursue academics and better transparency into their schedules, and will prohibit and limit athletics activity during the preseason and offseason.”
It’s just during the season he shows little concern.
What about when Cal has a Friday night home game and then plays at USC the following Thursday against a Trojan team coming off a bye? Or when USC plays at Cal on Saturday and then at Washington State the following Friday next season?
Or when most of Arizona’s conference road games are at night last season? Or when Washington’s basketball team goes to China for a game on Nov. 11, 2015 and then plays its next game Nov. 19 in the Bahamas?