I often disagree with Clay Helton’s personnel decisions. I don’t know why Jalen Greene started last year over Tyler Vaughns, Max Browne over Sam Darnold, etc.
But this week the coaches are complimenting cornerback Jonathan Lockett and Helton said last week was the senior’s best game of the season.
But where has he been? Lockett started five games in 2016 and was hurt last season. But he was healthy in spring and ready to go this year.
I couldn’t believe he wasn’t better than Isaiah Langley or Greg Johnson, whom Helton (and Clancy Pendergast) have played over him. I can’t really say he was worse than Ajene Harris in 2016.
But for some reason he has been forgotten this year. Maybe he doesn’t have a stage dad, which seems to get results at USC.
If you think I just have a grudge against Helton, I actually have a grudge against not playing the best players.
I didn’t understand why USC coaches ignored 6-7 tight end Cary Angeline last season. Look at the tight ends now. How are they doing? Angeline is starting for North Carolina State in the meantime and is something USC lacks: A really tall, rangy tight end who doesn’t commit penalties.
In the meantime, I’m glad Lockett is finally getting a chance this season.
“I don’t want to leave this place,” Lockett said Wednesday. “People were in my ear transfer, transfer here, transfer there, but I didn’t want to do that. I want to stay here, just grind it out and hopefully when my time comes be ready.”