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USC-Arizona State Report Card

USC-Arizona State Report Card

QUARTERBACK

Jack Sears was raw. He was also athletic, provided a spark and has a stronger arm than JT Daniels. So of course Daniels will start this week.

Grade

B

TAILBACK

Again, do these guys exist? Vavae Malepeai had a 41-yard run but isn't worthy to be on the field for fourth and 1? Something is amiss with Stephen Carr. He may be back in the doghouse.

Grade

D+

WIDE RECEIVERS

Michael Pittman prevented an interception and caught a nice TD pass. Tyler Vaughns threw a TD pass but dropped a critical one that would have put the game away.

Grade

C+

OFFENSIVE LINE

They were their usual selves. Give the two tight ends an F for their poor blocking on fourth and 1. But they get a great grade because Neil Callaway was fired.

Grade

A

DEFENSIVE LINE

I honestly have no idea what some of the interior linemen have done this season. They sure didn't stop Eno Benjamin, who looked like an All-American.

D

LINEBACKERS

They didn't stop Benjamin either and like the defensive line never sacked Manny Wilkins.

C

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Ajene Harris had to play safety but missed a lot of tackles. Iman Marshall had his usual pass interference. Talanoa Hufanga stood out and then broke his collarbone.

D+

SPECIAL TEAMS

The momentum was with USC when N'keal Harry broke a 92-yard punt return for a TD. And I hear John Baxter blamed Greg Budrovich for the punt. Amazing. It overshadowed Tyler Vaughns punt return for a TD.

Grade

C-

COACHING

I still don't know why Clancy Pendergast gets a free pass from so many USC fans. Did USC practice any drills to prepare for a spinning tailback? Why didn't USC have a linebacker or safety assigned to the quarterback on third-and-1? Only the quarterback or tailback were going to touch the ball. And yet no one was assigned to Manny Wilkins on a 45-yard TD run.

Grade

F

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