Is USC’s offense too predictable? It seemed heading into the UCLA game that Nelson Agholor got nearly every pass and he entered that contest with nearly twice as many receptions as anyone else.
“You can potentially fall into the trap of where that’s where the ball should go (too often),” Steve Sarkisian said after the UCLA loss.
But Cody Kessler seemed to not fully agree.
“We’ve had games where nine or 10 people touched the ball so I don’t know about that,” Kessler said. “ A lot of people have touched the ball and made plays for us.”
At some point, Andy Enfield will no longer be known as a shot doctor. USC made 21-percent of its free throws (3-14) and 29 percent of its 3-pointers (4-14) against Fullerton but got a timely block from Nikola Jovanovic to preserve the victory.
The good news is forward Malik Martin only has a bone bruise in his knee and should be back around Christmas. Martin hurt his knee last week at the Charleston Classic.
Actress Angelina Jolie will introduce the USC band’s tribute to the Louis Zamperini via video this Saturday at halftime of the Notre Dame on Saturday. Jolie is the director of Unbroken, the movie on Zamperini’s life, which opens Christmas Day.
Better yet, can Jolie deliver a halftime speech to the football team? She should get the team more fired up than the coaching staff did at the UCLA game.
Tailback Buck Allen said after practice he “doesn’t even know at this point” if he will turn pro or return to USC next season.
Meanwhile, tight end Bryce Dixon did not practice because a possible concussion against UCLA. WR Nelson Agholor said his dropped punt was from going away from fundamentals and he should have fair-catched it.