USC practices were closed to the media this season but a coach told me it was amazing how much time was spent on special teams, often to the detriment of other units.
“You wouldn’t believe how much time we spent,” the coach said. “No one could.”
That said, USC was still awful on special teams this season, as everyone knows.
USC did not have 11-men-on-field for three extra points and gave up two kick returns for touchdowns.
Everyone raved about punter Ben Griffiths in training camp and he was wildly inconsistent.
I could go on but it’s depressing. But how much did it harm the rest of the team because Clay Helton let John Baxter have so much time in practices and didn’t even take advantage of it?