Do you think Alabama coach Nick Saban is unhappy to hear USC reduced the offensive role of Adoree Jackson and will start the less mobile of its two quarterbacks?
Here’s my notes and observations, led by freshman cornerback Jack Jones (left, above), who made a splash in his first official USC interview.
“I expect to win the Heisman this year,” Jones said.
In other news, Adoree Jackson talks about a reduced role on offense, which he hasn’t even practiced yet this month.
“I don’t want to play 110 snaps (in a game) like against Utah or Notre Dame,” Jackson said.
This is a significant injury update: Chad Wheeler is not practicing yet but Clay Helton said his sore foot (plantar fasciitis) is improving and Wheeler is 50-50 for the Alabama game. Without Wheeler, USC needs to either flip Zach Banner to left tackle or start Chuma Edoga at left tackle.
“As far as Lane Kiffin going against his former team, USC, I think he’ll downplay it to everybody in the media. I think he’ll try to kind of poo-poo it even. Like this is just another game. We’ve got to get ready. We’ve got to find a quarterback. We don’t know what we have. But I do think that deep down there is something a little bit special for him going up against USC. Just to remind the USC folks what they let go. He’s a human. He has a competitive spirit. If anybody ever left one job and got fired to go to and he got hired in another job and you’re going back to play that school that fired you, I think anybody would be crazy to say that it wasn’t a little bit special or there’s a little bit more incentive there.
“So it will be there. How it will impact the game, I don’t think it will. But I think privately deep down, I think Lane Kiffin’s incredibly fired up to have an opportunity to coach Alabama offensively against USC.”
Just to remind the USC folks what they let go? What did they let go?
It’s very, very early. That said, it took one or two practices to see Mike Williams, Robert Woods, Marqise Lee and JuJu Smith-Schuster were special. If someone asked who is special among the freshmen I would say no one. I think Michael Pittman can be but I can’t say it like I could about those above-mentioned receivers.
In this analysis, I look at the importance of USC’s running game to the 2016 season: “Although the quarterback derby swallowed all the oxygen from training camp the past two weeks, it is the running game that carries the offense. This is college football, where running and defense win titles. USC’s got the running game. Defense? Well, let’s see what happens the first month.”
And running backs coach Tommie Robinson talks about facing Lane Kiffin.
“It’s going to be real weird,” Robinson said. “It’s going to be strange for a lot of people. These seniors came (to USC) under Lane Kiffin. Five (assistant) coaches came under Lane Kiffin as head coach.” Full story here