There’s no denying freshmen JT Daniels and Amon-Ra St. Brown were stars in Saturday’s scrimmage and deserved praise.
But there is a flip side to this: Back in the spring there were breathless reports how this would be the best defense since 2008.
And the defense allowed 4 touchdown passes to Daniels? If you think that is simply because Daniels is special, Jack Sears also threw two touchdown passes. So that’s six touchdown passes.
I’ve mentioned before that I think there are questions the defense must answer. But there was a chorus of Internet media/USC peanut gallery types who kept saying this defense was special. We’ll see. But right now they could not stop Daniels or Sears.
It is worth remembering that a week into training camp, defenses are almost always ahead of the offense because offenses are still learning plays. That was not the case yesterday.
Someone will say Porter Gustin was not playing. He also missed all but four games last season.