Every time someone transfers, there are USC fans who will say it doesn’t matter.
I wasn’t championing Stephen Carr during spring practice like some but I did criticize the fact USC made Markese Stepp feel unwanted enough to transfer to Nebraska.
People seem to think it’s fine if Vavae Malepeai and Keaontay Ingram are 1-2 and get the bulk of the playing time in 2021.
Malepeai is a competent back and coaches’ favorite. Is he special? No.
Is Ingram special? Maybe.
Is Kenan Christon special? He has big-play capability but got frozen out last season.
But USC should be special at tailback.
The problem today is whether a special tailback wants to play in an Air Raid offense?
Does a special offensive lineman want to play in the Air Raid?
USC national championships were built with — among other things — special tailbacks and offensive linemen.
Alabama has adapted marvelously offensively but still had a great tailback and three first-team All-SEC offensive linemen last season.
Some USC fans (and coaches) think they are fine with average tailbacks. That doesn’t cut it when you want to beat the Big Boys.
Neither does having an offensive coordinator who doesn’t understand the importance of running the ball or getting 2 yards when you need 2 yards.
Until these things change, USC can be a good Pac-12 team. But special? No.