We could talk all day about the best tailbacks in USC history. But the truth is many of them were blessed with a fantastic offensive line.
Just a couple random things I came across this week:
Look at USC’s starting offensive line in 1980.
This is a randomly selected offensive line. That’s four All-Americans (Don Mosebar, Bruce Matthews, Ray Foster, Keith Van Horne). And center Allen Pugh was honorable mention all conference.
Then I randomly came across this newspaper article from 1978.
Pat Howell was an All-American, obviously.
I’ll bring it back to 2020. USC’s offensive line is the biggest question mark. Alijah Vera-Tucker is the best lineman but is moving from guard to left tackle. After that it’s a wildly inconsistent group. Can they protect Kedon Slovis, let alone block for the tailbacks?
The dominant USC teams started with excellent offensive linemen. This is where USC needs to focus this season because it cannot afford to play three QBs if JT Daniels goes to Washington or Michigan.
This was the first-team O-line to start the only spring practice: Left tackle Vera-Tucker, Left guard Justin Dedich, Center Brett Neilon, Right guard Liam Jimmons, Right tackle Jason Rodriguez.