I hear after reviewing film, USC coaches were less-than-enamored with the cornerbacks, outside of No. 1 corner Mekhi Blackmon.
It’ll be more rotating in the secondary on Saturday vs. Stanford QB Tanner McKee, who is a big upgrade from last weekend. Stanford coach David Shaw said McKee and Caleb Williams were the two best QBs in the Pac-12.
Whether this is true or not, the USC corners will be under more pressure.
“Coverage has got to be sharp,” Riley said. “Guys have got to do a good job getting pressure on him. It’s going to take a little bit of everybody.”
What USC needs is a couple corners to step up and seize their roles like Blackmon.
- When USC was at the top of his game under Pete Carroll and played a bad team, Carroll’s goal was to play dominating football for four quarters.
You could argue that was a positive from Lincoln Riley’s USC debut. Of course, USC was ahead 21-7 with Rice poised to score when a tipped pass went for a pick six and allowed the rout to materialize.
Still, it’s a better sign than a typical USC team from the Clay Helton Era.
- Speaking of Helton, he is 1-0 at Georgia Southern with a trip to Nebraska this week.
Now he’s preaching toughness and tackling at Tuesday and Wednesday practices.
“Most teams don’t tackle during the week. We do,” Helton said.