Adoree Jackson Named Pac-12 Defensive Player Of The Year

adoree-notre-dame-2016This comes as a mild surprise. Adoree Jackson was named the 2016 Pac-12 Defensive player of the year today. Sam Darnold was the Pac-12 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year. Another surprise: Offensive tackle Zach Banner was a first-team offensive selection. So was offensive tackle Chad Wheeler. Jackson was selected as a first-team defensive back and return specialist.

Five Trojans were on the second team:  tailback Ronald Jones, wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, offensive guard Damien Mama, defensive tackle Stevie Tu’ikolovatu and inside linebacker Cameron Smith.

Darnold made also All-Pac-12 honorable mention along with defensive tackle Rasheem Green, defensive end Porter Gustin, safety Chris Hawkins, inside linebacker Michael Hutchings, tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe, cornerback Iman Marshall, safety Leon McQuay III and wide receiver Darreus Rogers.

The complete all-conference team is after the jump:

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Adoree Jackson A Second-Day NFL Draft Pick?

adoree-notre-dame-2016-2Not a second-round pick but a second-day-of-the-draft pick. That’s what this article from CBS Sports.com says after Adoree Jackson’s big game against Notre Dame. I have counted Jackson giving up six touchdowns this season. But I don’t think he will fall to the second day. The article notes scouts are worried about his size but Nickell Robey seems to be doing fine in the NFL.

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USC Morning Buzz: A Follow-Up Thought On Coliseum

coliseum-tvIt was 2013 when Pat Haden asked fans to support USC taking control of the Coliseum. It was perfectly reasonable for USC to formulate a renovation plan and then take some time to raise money. And of course the Rams have delayed any desire to start a renovation.

But as this season at the Coliseum ended Saturday, I cannot help but note how little USC’s done to improve anything or even some minor facelifts that make things more tolerable for the fans until the actual renovation begins. USC did not hesitate to make security a priority this season, which caused longer wait times to enter the stadium. So why not a few things to make things more comfortable or modern? Like improving the Wi-Fi or replacing these old TV monitors?

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Coliseum Question

coliseum-emptyI’ve had several USC fans tell me a turn off to coming to games is the lid ban on drinks in plastic cups. I didn’t know there was a ban. But since there is, does it bother you too?

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And Now A Minor Point About Football Statistics

adoree-lateralThis is a pet peeve of mine. But did you watch Adoree Jackson’s 52-yard touchdown reception against Notre Dame (above). It sure looks like Sam Darnold threw a backwards pass, or a lateral, which means it would officially be considered a run and not a pass. You can watch the video here to judge for yourself (at the 1:54 mark). If Jackson dropped this pass, don’t  you think Notre Dame would have grabbed it and run?

Remember this is the same game where USC begged for a lateral ruling on a Notre Dame pass play that turned out to be fumble.

Why does it matter? Well, stats should be accurate. But USC also has a history of turning laterals into forward passes, which pads the stats of the quarterback.

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