Defensive tackle Noah Jefferson, who has not played since the Alabama game because of a shoulder injury, did not practice this week because of a personal issue in Las Vegas. He will not attend the Utah game.
Helton spent five minutes after practice with Adoree Jackson reviewing offensive plays. It’s desperate times, man.
With USC scoring one touchdown its two real games, you might think fans would rejoice at a QB change. But I’ve seen and heard a lot of support for Max Browne. The poll below confirms fans believe the change was sloppy. People feel like Browne was treated poorly. He waited 44 months and didn’t even get three full games. That seems to be the fuel of this backlash.
If I were USC coach, I’d have picked Sam Darnold to start from Game 1. But what happened this week demonstrated how Clay Helton botched the quarterback derby, as I wrote in this analysis.
Excerpt: Any practice observer could see Darnold was more talented, possessed the stronger arm and quicker feet. Why couldn’t Helton? Because he wants to please the players too much. Adoree Jackson wants to run track and skip spring practice? No problem. The players want to switch practice times? Fine.
And pleasing everyone meant being loyal to Browne.
“I went with the older kid,” Helton said. “I’ll never regret that decision.”
It blew up in Helton’s face, though. He burned Browne, who could have transferred a month ago to any school without sitting out. He wasted three games not starting Darnold.
Helton said Browne is not the reason USC is 1-2 and he was not being made a scapegoat. But who else lost their jobs? What about the offensive linemen that false started all game? Preseason All-American Zach Banner false started in every game this season but his job is secure.