Let’s look at how the USC offense changed during Markese Stepp’s three years.
In 2018, USC passed 51 percent of its plays and ran 49 percent.
In 2019, USC passed 57 percent and ran 43 percent.
In 2020, USC passed 59 percent and ran 41 percent.
The change obviously took place with the hiring of Graham Harrell and installation of the Air Raid offense.
You can go back to August, 2019 and find where I wrote the following: “One criticism I’ve heard was that at North Texas, some coaches felt he did not really want to run the ball and would call run plays at the wrong time just to get them out of the way, because he was more interested in passing the ball.”
Some of the homer media tried to say Harrell would run a balanced offense. But after two seasons at USC, the offense is one-dimensional.