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USC-Colorado Report Card

USC-Colorado Report Card

QUARTERBACK

JT Daniels got off to a poor start. He rebounded with some TD passes though he underthrew Michael Pittman on one of them. More importantly, why does Daniels seem to limp every game? Why is his arm not stronger? Why does pressure bother him so much. He is a good quarterback but nowhere near the hype.

Grade: C

TAILBACKS

Did they play? USC could not run the ball but was it the backs or the blocking? I think it is the line so I’m giving the backs an incomplete.

Grade: INC.

WIDE RECEIVERS

USC’s offense consists of tossing the ball up for grabs and letting its receivers beat the soft Pac-12 South cornerbacks. Great job, Helton!

Grade: A-

OFFENSIVE LINE

They can’t run block and they aren’t great at pass block. How come when I watch teams like Oregon, their true freshman tackle (Penei Sewell) looks like he is improving. I never feel like that watching USC.

Grade: D-

DEFENSIVE LINE

I know Porter Gustin gets pressure on the edge but I still can’t figure out what guys like Marlon Tuipulotu (one tackle), Brandon Pili (zero tackles) or Christian Rector (zero tackles) do.

Grade: C-

LINEBACKERS

Why did people who actually go to practice not say the obvious before the game: USC is better with Palaie Gaoteote at middle linebacker than Cameron Smith. Because they didn’t want to alienate Smith.

Grade: B+

CORNERBACKS

Sorry, Iman Marshall is not a new and improved corner with four penalties in the past two games. And Ajene Harris had a pick six but two penalties too. The only good part is Colorado chose not to throw over the middle.

Grade: D+

SPECIAL TEAMS

I guess the best special teams coach in the country doesn’t practice catching an on-side kick. Fielding punts remains an adventure. Otherwise, it wasn’t too bad.

Grade: C-

COACHING

Clay Helton runs an undisciplined, sloppy ship. No news there. But why does Clancy Pendergast deserve praise? Colorado was too conservative and never attacked the middle. Pendergast also had the defense completely confused about where to line up on the Buffaloes’ first touchdown run.

If the defense is so great, why did Colorado have the ball for nearly 35 minutes, including a seven-minute TD drive in the fourth quarter?

Grade: D-

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