When USC hired John David Baker as tight ends coach, he talked about how he wanted the tight ends on the field more this season.
“That’s what we’d like to do, we’d like to stay in 11 personnel as much as possible,” Baker said.
Graham Harrell also talked about throwing more to the tight ends and got the media to buy into it like in this excerpt:
“And in the second year of the Air Raid at UNT, Harrell implemented more two-running back sets and utilized his tight ends more. He is doing the same thing at USC, taking advantage of the Trojans’ deep stable of running backs who can catch the ball – like Stephen Carr and Vavae Malepeai – while giving his tight ends more looks, too.”
So how is that working out?
The tight ends have caught six passes in four games. Six passes.
Some apologist will mention that Drake London can line up like a tight end but the coaches were specifically referring to the conventional tight ends and Baker doesn’t coach London.
Someone will say Jude Wolfe hurt his foot vs. Washington State but he caught only two passes in three-plus games.
By the way, how many two-back sets has USC run?