So I already mentioned USC promoted that 52 percent of tailback Markese Stepp‘s carries resulted in a first down or touchdown, the highest mark in the FBS for running backs with at least 25 carries.
But that did not deter offensive coordinator Graham Harrell on Tuesday, who said Stepp’s role will not “increase or decrease much from what it’s been because we have three guys that we feel really good about, that we feel like need to be in the game.”
Yeah, what’s the rush? Stay the course. Who cares if you have a guy that might actually challenge Notre Dame with 20-25 carries.
Harrell has proven he can make statements as ridiculous as Clay Helton.
- Did you like Michael Pittman‘s comments about the expected cold weather Saturday at South Bend?
“It’s going to be cold,” Pittman said. “But it’ll be fun when we’re running up the score.”
Pittman later tweeted, “Don’t take this out of context, no disrespect intended. I’m just excited to get to South Bend and compete.”
- Pac-12 basketball media day was Tuesday in San Francisco and local coverage of USC was pretty invisible. Not that I blame anyone. How many people really care about USC basketball?
But did you notice who USC took to media day: Jonah Mathews and Quinton Adlesh. Where was Nick Rakocevic? He was the only USC/UCLA player selected to the preseason All-Pac-12 team.
Someone at USC will respond, “he had class” or some other excuse. Fine.
But Adlesh? Take a player who has actually suited up in a USC game. Not a graduate transfer. USC will say, “he’s a captain.” Whatever.
Elijah Weaver should have gone. He played last season. If you were going to take a newcomer, then take Onyeka Okongwu, the five-star forward who is expected to be critical to the Trojans’ fortunes.
Another own goal for USC.