Last night’s football banquet offered awards for the “Perimeter Player of the year.” That’s something to tell the grandchildren about one day, how you were the top perimeter player. Is that a sign of progress? Is it too hard to give an award a good name or does it need to sound like Justin Wilcox coined it?
Last night also confirmed that USC will not give an award for UCLA player of the game unless the Trojans win. Ditto for Notre Dame player of the game. It was a long tradition to give awards for both games win or lose until Pete Carroll decided not to give an award for the UCLA game after losing in 2005.
All-American defensive lineman Leonard Williams was named the most valuable player at tonight’s USC football banquet. Tight end Randall Telfer won the most inspirational award while Williams and center Max Tuerk were the linemen of the year. Wide receiver Nelson Agholor and linebacker Su’a Cravens were the perimeter players of the year.
USC wide receiver Nelson Agholor is currently projected as a mid-to-late round draft pick according to NFL scouts I’ve talked to this week. Is that a good or bad thing for USC fans who want Aguilar to come back? His stats will probably go down next season with other receivers more experienced and would his stock increase?
Former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini met with his players after getting fired and the Omaha World-Herald obtained a tape of the talk.
“Hey, if (A.D. Shawn Eichorst) isn’t gonna do his job, if he doesn’t have the balls to go out there and support me, to support these kids, support this program, do me a favor and get rid of me,” Pelini said.
“There were agendas and that goes all the way over to the chancellor’s office. And between the A.D. and the chancellor and they want their own guy in here, go ahead. Good luck to ya.”
I just did an interview with a Nebraska radio station and was told the Cornhuskers’ defense had trouble covering tight ends this season. Could this be a game for more chances to the tight end, especially freshman Bryce Dixon?
Nebraska’s strength is the defensive line so maybe the tight end will be more important to loosen up the defense.
Defensive tackle Antwaun Woods will be out after undergoing surgery for a torn pectoral muscle. He will be out indefinitely. This could mean Woods will now return to USC instead of going pro early. Remember Devon Kennard sat out a season after undergoing surgery for a torn pectoral muscle.
It is always easy to choose a skill player to be a team’s most valuable player but if I had to pick an MVP for USC this season, it would be linebacker Su’a Cravens. Besides making a fairly quick transition from safety, Cravens led the Trojans with 16 tackles for loss and tied for the lead with two interceptions. His five sacks were only two behind team leader J.R. Tavai.
But more important than stats, Cravens made big play after big play. He influenced games. I’m not sure anyone else was more consistent.
Cody Kessler and Nelson Agholor obviously had more touches but I think Cravens was the best performer and most reliable player.