USC obviously likes a tailback-by-committee approach, which is pretty fitting give Graham Harrell’s approach to the running game.
If he won’t even snap under center on fourth-and-1, and says it takes too much practice to try snapping under center, what does he care about a successful running game?
I wrote about this nearly two years ago how at North Texas, some offensive coaches objected to Harrell’s lack of running game.
“A running back is like a necessary evil in his offense,” said a Big 12 assistant coach who has seen Harrell’s offense at North Texas and USC. “He calls the run to satisfy the public.”
I told the Big 12 assistant that USC rushed for 173 yards against Arizona and Clay Helton said the Trojans’ goal is 175 per game.
“That’s it?” the assistant coach said.
Even Joel Klatt complained about USC’s penchant for passing on every first down during the Arizona game. Just as bad, USC can’t run on third-or-fourth down when they need to, probably because it isn’t really a priority for Harrell.