If it’s Friday, it’s my weekly notes column, where I offer my USC-Arizona game prediction, give some NFL scouts’ take on the Trojans and again note that coaches are quick to mention the how special Sam Darnold is today but didn’t ever mention he should start back in August. Full story here
In the picture above is the last time USC played a day game in Tucson in 2012, when Marqise Lee had a Pac-12 record 345 yards receiving but the Trojans lost, 39-36.
Clay Helton says USC’s freshmen wide receivers are not playing or redshirting because of the depth at the position. My personal opinion is if there was a Robert Woods or Marqise Lee they would be playing. I still think Michael Pittman can be special once he gets a chance. In the meantime, it’s warmup videos that will spotlight players like Trevon Sidney.
USC quarterback Max Browne said he does not know yet which schools he will consider when he transfers in this column. Does Browne wish he transferred earlier knowing that Sam Darnold would be the starter?
“I feel like I made the right decision with the information I had,” he said.
Darnold threw one interception during August training camp. Browne threw six. Was it really that hard to name a freshman the starter?
Coaches also like insurance policies, however, and that probably played a bigger role in the decision to name Browne the starter against Alabama. Did Clay Helton want to start the season with Jalen Greene and Matt Fink as his backup quarterbacks to Darnold? Not a chance. Full story here
If USC is smart it will give Ronald Jones 20-25 carries against Arizona and just see what he can do. No rotating. No nonsense. Just give him a game. Either he performs or he doesn’t. But make him No. 1 and see if he can play like he did last year.