USC Morning Buzz: Big Test For Offensive Tackles

The USC coaches are most worried this week about Washington State’s outside pass rush.

USC’s been rotating Bobby Haskins and Courtland Ford at left tackle. Ford got only 14 snaps last week but he is healthier this week and should play more. He had a holding penalty that nullified an 82-yard TD pass from Caleb Williams to Mario Williams.

“This will be our biggest game to date in terms of dealing with an outside pass rush,” a USC coach said Tuesday night. “They (Washington State) are very good.”

  • The same USC coach told me the strength coaches known as the “towel wavers” are not popular within the program.

“They are annoying and a lot of guys have been having laughs at their expense,” the coach said.

31 thoughts on “USC Morning Buzz: Big Test For Offensive Tackles

  1. What happened to all world Andrew Vorhees, and the top transfer offensive tackle Bobby Haskins ? All of the USC ass lick Fanboys were jumping on that bandwagon before the season started ๐Ÿ˜‚. As the season progresses, the Trojans will slowly be exposed.๐Ÿ˜‚. Iโ€™m looking forward to cry ๐Ÿ˜ญ baby Caleb โ€œSugar in the Tankโ€ Williams to be pouting on the sidelines.


    1. I disagree, I think USC has the best offensive line in the history of college football ๐Ÿˆ. Just wait until they get to the playoffs and beat everyone by 50 points. And I know this because Iโ€™m the #1 Trojans ass lick Fanboy ๐Ÿ‘…๐Ÿ‘…๐Ÿ‘…


      1. Never happen. If we jump out to a big 1st Half Lead in a Playoff Game, the NCAA will find a way to put us on Probation during Halftime.


    2. False Pudly actually admits his life is so empty he looks forward to seeing Caleb fail…..


      1. False Pudly actually admits his life is so empty he looks forward to seeing Caleb fail. But then again, look at me, Iโ€™d rather logon every morning then roll over in bed to eat the real Pudly76โ€™s Ass ๐Ÿ‘…๐Ÿ‘…โ€ฆ.. Fight On! โœŒ๐Ÿผ


  2. Scooter,

    Do you think if that each olineman was about 10 lbs lighter, would that help with blocking as a tackle, guard, or center? To me it seems that the heavy you are the slower you are in getting out the stance and able to move. I remember when the 49ers oline used to be around 280 lbs each and they moved very well and made the blocks. They were quicker than the dline and were able to reach their blocks on angle blocks. Just a thought

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    1. That was the 0-line concept at LaSalle in the ’90’s — looks like it worked pretty well.


    2. ‘Ol Mule Shoe feels he has no need for a quality defensive coaching staff, he thinks he can win with offense alone.

      That is his downfall


      1. It’s not HIS downfall —he tried to hire top o-line coaches and recruit top o-line players —they didn’t want to come —that’s on Helton & our damaged brand, not Riley…..


  3. Plow Horse,

    You asked me if i went to St. Phillips in Pasadena. No, I live two miles from there. I went to St. Elizabeth which is one and half blocks from me. However, I have been to many Masses at St. Phillip’s and I know family with around 7 children that went there and one of the son’s went to Loyola and the other to St. Francis. You might know them, the Schmollers. Also, Cassani is still the coach at Loyola and I know him. He played in the CIF final game with a broken leg. I went to a few fall practices at Loyola and saw him. I also see him at Stater Brother’s in Pasadena once in awhile.

    One time i took my children and I to Mass on Sunday at St. Phillips. My daughter was wearing a SC sweatshirt. At communion time, my duaghter and son are ready to get in line and the usher shows up and he give my daughter the Fight On sign. He was getting people in line. It was Mike Garrett who was usher.

    Speaking of Mike Garrett, I would see him at Costco with his son’s, at Mass and at games and we would say hi. Eveybody says he is stoic, which he is until you meet him and he trusts you. Once he knows you he will talk. I went to Buffalo Wild Wings several years ago and Mike had left the AD job at Cal State LA. and he had disappeared. Well at Buffalo Wild Wings I see Mike leaving the restroom and no one knows who he is. I told my friend who I was with that I would be back and I went up to Garrett and said hi. He recognized me and he said hi. We had a 30 minute discussion on what he was doing and what he thought of SC when Helton was there. You could tell he bleed Cardinal and Gold when I mentioned Helton. He was pissed off about the football situation. I think he would have fired Helton a long time ago. He is still in great shape. He used to run on Mountain St. where I would see him in Pasadena and he said he still runs. He is a good guy.

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    1. Great stuff on Garrett. My brother worked with him [well, more like worked at USC at the same time as Garrett] and he mentioned several times what a smart, nice guy Garrett was. Once, during, some USC scandal, my brother ran into Garrett in the elevator and told him an ABC camera crew was on the first floor waiting for him — Garrett smiled and pressed the button for another floor saying, “thanks, that’s all I need to know.”


    2. Pasadena: I used to see Garrett at St. Phillip. He would also hit golf balls at Altadena. My friend who is an alumni of USC and also a doctor at USC Norris and teacher at the medical school, wrote Garrett a letter in 1999 telling him to hire a defensive minded coach. Remarkably, Garrett wrote back in his own handwriting. He said that he agreed with him and that he [Garrett] had a strong vision of what the football program needed. He then asked him to support the program moving forward and pointed out that too many alumni are too critical of the program. Of course, Garrett then hired Pete and the program turned around and my friend who was loyal to the team during many down years in the 80’s and 90’s had his seated moved from the 35 yard line to the 20. Oh well.


      1. Plow Horse,

        So Garrett, would either hit at Eaton Canyon or Altadena Golf Course. I have played at both. Both are nice courses.

        When I spoke to him at Buffalo Wild Wings on Fair Oaks in Pasadena, I asked him what he was doing. He said he was working at the family business in Kansas City. The family owned a roofing business.

        I don’t think Garrett moved your friend.


  4. Scooter,

    Do the Cardinal Divas pay for the seats that they occupy? They are taking up around 30 seats for about 10 girls.

    Also, If I were to take a class at SC could I start my own group, Like Fat Guys Drink Beer, could i get free tickets for me and 10 other fat dudes and drink beer on tv? Just wondering.

    The point is, if people were smart, they would get other groups approved at SC and then get free tickets for the game. You could have old guys rule, seniors with walkers, Punkers on dope, Original SC fans, and the list goes on. I think SC opened up a box that will be hard to close.


    1. Independent of whether or not the Divas are an asset or a liability to the Athletic Department …. I think USC’s official policy is ‘let them do whatever they want and hope they eventually go away.’


      1. Michael,

        The problem is that they will not go away. They will only want to grow larger and take more seats. Then they will want to be recognized as a major player at SC. Also, will they perform at the basketball games? They already have two dance groups there. They don’t need another one or do they?


      2. P. T.
        You don’t think Carol would touch this with a 10 foot pole do you? No serious administrative action of any kind will be taken —-even if the stands eventually are comprised of only Divas. [They are talented —USC needs to figure out how to deal with them in a creative way or it’s gonna wind up letting them run the show….but I doubt “creativity” is Carol’s long suit]….


      1. Michael and Yesterday U,

        The adm. will be afraid to touch them. You are correct. They will start demanding things and the adm will fold and give what they want. It won’t stop until they think that they can run the football show. We will see.


  5. On topic…

    The Tackles will need to up their game down the stretch here.

    The schedule was so kind to USC and Riles this year.
    Five pre-season games to “get the kinks out.” Unusual for us.
    (Thankfully, Stanford is diving down to irrelevance again.
    Time to re-hire Buddy Teavens or Tye Willingham.)

    Gotta wonder if we’ll have to keep a TE in to block vs Utah pass rush?
    We’ll get a good idea on Saturday vs Wazzu.

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    1. Remember: Washington State’s O-Line is absolutely for shit this year [way worse than ours]….
      “If they can get to us, we can get to them…”
      —–“The Usual Suspects”


  6. You can slide your pass protection to one side of the field and have the running back run a route while “chipping” the defensive end. Travis Dye is very good at that. Arizona St decided to send the Will LB to the same side the Trojans were having the RB “chip” and Austin Jones was run over. When they sent the same blitz with Dye in the lineup, Dye put his helmet in the crotch of the same Will LB and dropped him to his knees. Another way to combat those type of schemes is to go 4 wideouts or “trips” with Addison or Mario single on the short side of the field. USC has a lot of options for aggressive DE’s.


    1. This World,

      Very good. You can also run counter and have the te and pulling guard hit the tackle or de with fullback help. You have three guys blocking one, the guy will see stars.


  7. Whatever blocking schemes you do on Saturday they must execute over n over until they get it right. Evidently the scout team is doing a poor job executing the opposition game plan. Hopefully we can clean up our techniques to allow our offense to consistent n explosive like in the first 2 1/2 games.


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