USC Morning Buzz: Look At A Stat That Shows Who Was No. 2 QB

Baker Mayfield had the best season of any quarterback and deserved the Heisman Trophy. Here’s an interesting stat from Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News: “In four games against ranked opponents, (Mayfield) had 15 TDs and 2 INTs and an efficiency rating of 215. The No. 2 efficiency rating in that category belongs to Sam Darnold, at 168.”

Sam Darnold? I guess his season wasn’t too bad after all. This intrigues me because even after the Pac-12 title game I had fans complaining about me being too complimentary of Darnold. Before the season, a USC official complained I was too pro-Darnold.

But he delivers in big games and big moments. That stat proves it.

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Heisman Trophy Count

Baker Mayfield’s Heisman win gives Oklahoma its sixth trophy. Officially, that ties USC because Reggie Bush no longer counts in the record books. I have a problem with taking something away that was won on the field. Anyways, Notre Dame and Ohio State are tied for first with seven.

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Heisman Trophy Flashback

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The Heisman Trophy ceremony is tonight. During the Pete Carroll era, it was a highlight of covering USC when you got to go to New York in December. In 2002, I remember Carson Palmer going out with a small group the night he won the award.

A few years later, there was quite a scene at a New York nightclub with Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart, Adrian Petersen and Alex Smith among others.The best players in the nation were relaxed and enjoying themselves.

Before this season, everyone seemed to think Sam Darnold would make the ceremony. It really was a shame it did not happen. Remember in 2012 everyone thought Matt Barkley would go too. You just never know.

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Football Is Not Complicated

I was talking to an NFL defensive coordinator today and asked a simple question: Why is USC so bad in short-yardage situations?

“Because they run out of the shotgun,” the coach said.

Now someone needs to tell USC’s coaches.

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Bring Reggie Bush Back?

Petros Papadakis addressed the idea of USC restoring Reggie Bush as a full-fledged member of the football program now that NCAA sanctions are over.

“Reggie Bush did not lift one finger or toe . . . to help a whole generation of football players. He could have talked to the NCAA. It would have undoubtedly helped lighten the load of the sanctions coming down on USC.

“He never cooperated to this day and a whole generation of players suffered.”

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USC Morning Buzz: Sightings At Oaks Christian Game

Former USC tailback Reggie Bush, current wide receiver Michael Pittman, defensive line coach Kenechi Udeze and defensive backs coach Ronnie Bradford were among those at the Oaks Christian-Helix game last night.

USC is recruiting Helix cornerback Isaac Taylor-Stuart and Oaks Christian defensive lineman Kayvon Thibodeaux.

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