Wide receiver Rahshead Johnson spent a season at USC under Steve Sarkisian before he transferred to San Jose State. Johnson has now left San Jose State but could go to an FBS school as a graduate transfer.
USC coach Clay Helton is going to the Bay Area with defensive line coach Kenechi Udeze today to visit defensive tackle Tuli Letuligasenoa of Concord De La Salle. I’ve commented in the past about a limited number of coaches recruiting and Udeze seems to be everywhere lately.
Last night, Helton visited with Servite defensive back Julius Irvin, who is considering Alabama. His father is former Rams defensive back LeRoy Irvin.
I spoke to a writer who has covered a lot of JT Daniels’ games the past three seasons.
“He’s very good but he’s going to have some issues,” he said. “He will have to face a pass rush. He had a great line and great receivers at Mater Dei. He didn’t have to worry about getting touched.”
— Draft Analyst (@DraftAnalyst1) January 23, 2018
USC defensive end Uchenna Nwosu measured in at 6-2, 245 pounds at the Senior Bowl today. In the above video, he goes against Alex Cappa of Humboldt State.
Bovada has come out with its first Heisman odds for 2018. No surprise that Stanford tailback Bryce Love is the favorite. I jokingly asked in the headline why JT Daniels is not listed since everyone says he is the best QB ever. I also included last year’s opening odds for comparison.
So much attention gets focused on the skill positions when analyzing teams. But the Cotton Bowl did put the offensive line under the microscope. But even before the Cotton Bowl, a big problem I heard about talking to a pair of former All-American Trojan linemen is that the offensive line does not finish blocks.
I’ve heard this the past two seasons from the same ex-USC linemen. Is this something that just gets taught or just comes from within? And why will improve next season? That’s the more important question.
Look at the times that Ronald Jones, a universally lauded tailback, struggled against physical defenses: He had 47 yards vs. Texas; 32 yards vs. Notre Dame; 64 yards against Ohio State. And if we’re talking 2017, he had 55 yards vs. Penn State in the Rose Bowl.
So if you are happy several starters are back, just hope fundamentals will somehow improve.