Here are the grades from the USC-Notre Dame game:
Kedon Slovis look decent (27-37, 299 yards) but the problem is he doesn’t make those plays that get you where you want to be. You can blame it on the Air Raid or offensive line but the impact plays are not happening. And then he didn’t spike the ball.
USC actually tried to run the ball and had success. I bet this irked Graham Harrell, who prefers to throw and it wouldn’t surprise me if Donte Williams asked for more running plays.
Drake London caught more passes (15) than the rest of the team combined (12). Has USC developed any other receivers this season? It doesn’t seem like opponents need to worry much about anyone besides London.
Some people have tried to make excuses but the line is a disaster whenever it face adequate competition. Did you notice senior Jalen McKenzie replaced freshman Jonah Monheim on the third series? Donte Williams tried to say they held their own against Notre Dame. Ask Slovis how he felt? The first play USC couldn’t block three rushing linemen and gave up a sack.
These are the games where your big players step up and I thought Drake Jackson was fairly quiet. The much-praised Tuli Tuipulotu had two tackles.
USC is so average at this spot I never feel like they are going to make much difference in a game. As much a recruitment of offensive line gets criticized, what’s happened to the linebacker recruiting?
Chris Steele had an interception but was about the only highlight. Donte Williams hasn’t enhanced his reputation with his coaching of the corners this season. And don’t forget safeties coach Craig Naivar, who hasn’t made Isaiah Pola-Mao better. It was a rough game for Xavion Alford too.
Do we blame special teams coach Sean Snyder for the missed field goal and extra point? He’s been pretty free of scrutiny for two seasons.
The end of the first half was inexcusable. Graham Harrell is overrated to say the least and what does the Air Raid do inside the 20-yard line? Remember how the fanboys were so excited about Todd Orlando getting hired? They went silent since then. Donte Williams might be trying hard but it seems as if he is over his head.