Even though the decision of nose tackle Marlon Tuipulotu to turn pro was a no-brainer, I’m told it surprised USC coaches.
Probably because it hurts the defensive line, which is still a question mark despite the hype of incoming defensive end Korey Foreman.
The USC coaches think Alabama transfer Ishmael Sopsher will replace Tuipulotu and say they have no linemen built like him. But Alabama had two true freshmen, Jamil Burroughs and Tim Smith, join the defensive line rotation in the third game vs. Georgia, which knocked Sopsher out of the rotation. Sopsher did not make an appearance in 2020 and played in one game in 2019 for Alabama.
Maybe he can feast on Pac-12 linemen.
And maybe the coaches should try to figure out how to get more out of Brandon Pili.
- USC incoming freshmen basketball players Clarice Akunwafo (Rolling Hills Prep) and Rayah Marshall (Lynwood) were named to the McDonald’s All-American team.
- Former USC basketball player Nikola Vucevic was named to his second NBA All-Star game.