It’s not fair to JT Daniels that the coaches had him throw so much. He made some nice passes but . . . he throws too much off his back foot. He could easily have had 2-3 more interceptions. And here’s another thing: It’s starting to look like part of the problem with getting passes to Michael Pittman and Tyler Vaughns might be from an over reliance on Amon-Ra St. Brown. He needs to get more chemistry with all the receivers.
Stephen Carr moved up a spot in the rotation but is still No. 2. He needs to be No. 1. And someone needs to block for him.
Amon-Ra St. Brown is the freshman living up to his hype. Did you know neither of the Imatorbhebhe brothers went to Texas because of injuries? If you think USC needs a tight end, Cary Angeline in now eligible at North Carolina State.
I had a couple writers who cover USC try to counter me in August when I said the offensive line had not improved. They could not run block against Texas. They could not pass block against Stanford. The Pac-12 South schedule cannot arrive fast enough.
Another story: After USC’s first scrimmage, I asked someone in the football program how the offensive line gave up eight sacks? “The defensive line is fantastic,” was the response.
I’m still waiting. I don’t see much. Especially with the tackles, who take up a lot of space but not much else.
Do you still think Cameron Smith is a preseason All-American?
I’ve seen enough of some of the veteran corners. USC has two five-star freshmen corners on the bench (Olaijah Griffin, Issac Taylor-Stuart). If they are not ready, Clay Helton should say so. Otherwise give them a shot.
USC cannot punt the ball and alternates punters, which is just weird. And now it cannot kick a field goal. And now it does not have its first-team kicker (Chase McGrath), who tore his ACL. But John Baxter is the best special teams coach in America.
How many times does USC do the same wrong things over and over? It doesn’t defend the middle of the field. It doesn’t run the ball for nine plays after Stephen Carr’s 23-yard TD run. It commits personal fouls every game. It doesn’t fix special teams mistakes.