USC Playcalling Is Win-Win For Steve Sarkisian, Clay Helton

HELTON.HADENWith USC offensive coordinator Clay Helton calling plays, it’s a win-win situation for him and Steve Sarkisian. If the offense does great (and what offense doesn’t do great in the Pac-12?), Sarkisian can say, “those are still my plays.” And if for some unlikely reason, the offense struggles, Helton can say, “those aren’t my plays.”

But no matter what happens, Helton will never reach the high point of the picture above after USC defeated Stanford in 2013.

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USC Picture Of The Day

USC.1990The 1990 USC football team was honored last weekend at Salute to Troy on its 25th anniversary and plenty of players showed up, including QB Todd Marinovich, who told me coming back to the campus reminded him of some fond times. The news from Salute to Troy overtook the reunions, so here is picture from that season featuring tailback Ricky Ervins against Stanford.

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Five USC Team Captains Is Actually Less Than A Year Ago

When USC announced its five captains yesterday, Steve Sarkisian said there were three defensive captains because the vote was so close, which made it sound like there are normally four captains.

But last year there were six captains elected (Cody Kessler, Max Tuerk, Nelson Agholor, Josh Shaw, Leonard Williams and Hayes Pullard). Maybe the vote was even closer last year and we never knew.

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Steve Sarkisian Is Not Lane Kiffin In One Key Respect

SARK.SCRIMMAGEToday’s announcement by Steve Sarkisian that offensive coordinator Clay Helton will call most plays highlights a departure between Sarkisian and his friend, former USC coach Lane Kiffin, who refused to relinquish playcalling duties when he was the Trojans coach.

Kiffin was too stubborn to give up playcalling and preferred to go down with the ship rather than change. Sarkisian looks like he made the move in the wake of his Salute to Troy meltdown but this was in the works since last spring.

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Iman Marshall With Another INT

During today’s mock game at the Coliseum, freshman cornerback Iman Marshall intercepted another pass, as he looks like a strong candidate to start at nickel back. Steve Sarkisian said Tre Madden would start at tailback as expected and that freshman Ronald Jones, who missed practice earlier in the week, was homesick but feels better now.

Alex Wood will be the kicker and handle kickoffs for the Arkansas State while Matt Boermeester is the backup, at least for now.

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