No one can believe USC had two players wearing No. 7 on the kick return to open the Fresno State game.
It was a debacle that might illustrate the Clay Helton era as well as any single play.
But get this: USC has three players who wear No. 15 (WR Drake London, S Talanoa Hufanga, K Thomas Fitts). And three players who wear No. 27.
But here’s the part that also needs to be considered: Why does Helton have to coddle so many players and allow them to wear the same number?
The double numbers are 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 29, 30, 31 . . . OK I’m stopping. The No. 10 is no longer a double number because Jack Sears left the team.
This is what happens when you can’t tell a recruit he will get whatever number is available.
When Sam Darnold showed up, he just took the No. 14 he was issued. That is a rarity these days. I joked to Darnold a couple years ago that if went to Mater Dei or Serra, he would have demanded a specific number.
He just smiled and said, “No comment.”
- Offensive coordinator Graham Harrell said he won’t simplify the playbook for Kedon Slovis.
“(It) will change based on the opponent, but not based on our personnel,” Harrell said.
Then again, USC has only four plays, according to Harrell.