For most of spring practice, I haven’t focused on the offensive line. Now that spring practice is over, I will say the offensive line hasn’t improved much since last season.
There is one high-level athlete (Austin Jackson) and even he is inconsistent. The rest of the unit is not noteworthy from an athletic standpoint.
Last week, a USC coach claimed it didn’t matter because they won’t need to block long in the Air Raid offense. But during Saturday’s scrimmage, they had problems pass blocking and run blocking. So, yes, it does matter.
The fanboys want to make Graham Harrell such a magician that important things like blocking don’t matter. But they do matter.
By the way, why do people think Tim Drevno is going to make the offensive line good? Did he do it under Steve Sarkisian? Did he make things noticeably better when he took over for Neil Callaway last season? Another home-run hire from Clay Helton.
- USC wide receiver Velus Jones attended the Tennessee spring game, which drew 50,967. The USC-Arizona State game last season at the Coliseum drew an announced crowd of 47,406.
- The USC-Notre Dame game in South Bend will be a night game for the fifth-straight time this season with a 7:30 p.m. (ET) kickoff. It will be Notre Dame’s only night kickoff.
I’ve been to day and night games at Notre Dame and I’m a traditionalist, so I prefer to the 1:30 p.m. kickoffs, which meant it was a day game and if you went to the game, you were not driving back to Chicago at 1 a.m.
But the vast majority of fans will watch on TV, so I suspect a 4:30 p.m. is more popular.
- Have you thought once about Kevin Porter since he announced he was turning pro? I didn’t think so.