USC waited until 12:30 a.m. to finally release its depth chart.
There were no major surprises but boy does it show the dangers of the transfer portal. First, the depth chart.
REACTION: I said after Travis Dye and Austin Jones came to USC that tailback Darwin Barlow should transfer. He isn’t even listed at tailback.
I guarantee you Gary Bryant isn’t happy to be second-team but receivers rotate so he can play.
But look at some of these guys who transferred to USC: Defensive end Solomon Byrd came from Wyoming and is third string (at best). Defensive tackle Earl Barquet came from TCU and he’s co-third string. Latrell McCutchin came from Oklahoma and couldn’t beat out some inexperiened corners.
If I’m an opposing offensive coordinator, I’m going straight at the secondary. Corner Ceyair Wright played in two games last season. Nickel Jaylin Smith has one career start (at safety). Max Williams hasn’t played since 2020 and never played safety.
I don’t care that so many defensive line spots are not settled because those positions rotate a lot.
Let’s look at the offensive line: Cooper Lovelace can do the splits but he couldn’t make the two-deep. Joe Bryson, a walk-on from Colorado Mesa, is the second-string right guard. What does that say about all the scholarship linemen not on the depth chart?
Some guys who need to be concerned: Xavion Alford is the third-string strong safety. He was supposed to challenge to start. Raesjon Davis is the third-string middle linebacker after the coaches burned his redshirt year. Arizona State-transfer Eric Gentry just waltzed in and claimed the starting job. USC will have a 6-6 middle linebacker.
Whoever did the depth chart didn’t even spell walk-on kicker Denis Lynch’s name correctly. But he surprisingly won the job over Alex Stadthaus. Lincoln Riley mentioned Stadthaus as a team leader last week. He just won’t be the kicker. He will handle kickoffs, however.