The USC coaches finally allowed true freshman cornerback Olaijah Griffin to get some first-team reps during Wednesday’s practice, signalling he might start against Arizona.
It is stunning to me it took this long.
Here is what I wrote after the USC-Texas game: “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.”
Here is what I wrote last week: “With the new redshirt rules, why is USC refusing to try out their 5-star freshmen corners? Either Olaijah Griffin and Isaac Taylor-Stuart are overrated or not ready. Which is it? It’s not like USC is getting stellar play from its current corners.”
I am not a coach. But why does it take the USC coaches so long to do things that seem obvious?
The most glaring example will always be not starting Sam Darnold.
But this cornerback move illustrates how slow the coaches can be to react. You can point to how long it took to start Tyler Vaughns last season, which happened only through injury. Or how long it took Stephen Carr to start this season.