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QUARTERBACK

JT Daniels finds the right receiver when he has time to throw the ball. The good news for him is Arizona’s secondary might be as bad as Washington State.

GRADE: B

RUNNING BACK

Stephen Carr gained 56 yards in the first two plays of the game then got six carries the rest of the game. What is wrong with that picture? Let’s see how many carries Aca’Cedric Ware gets after his knee injury vs. Arizona because it supposedly had nothing to do with him saying practices were “lazy.”

GRADE: B

WIDE RECEIVER

Two good things emerged: USC rediscovered Tyler Vaughns and Michael Pittman. And the Pac-12 could have a lot of teams with lousy secondaries like Washington State.

GRADE: B+

OFFENSIVE LINE

USC scored 39 points but what did this unit show to really make anything feel better? After four games, it doesn’t look like the offensive line will get better.

GRADE: C-

DEFENSIVE LINE

Washington State QB Gardner Minshew was able to stand still on some pass plays with such minimal pressure generated by this unit. For three games, they haven’t done much unless you count Porter Gustin targeting people.

GRADE: D-

LINEBACKER

Cameron Smith had a game-high 15 tackles but I can’t say I really feel like the linebackers were stopping Washington State. It was more like preventing plays from being even worse.

GRADE: B-

DEFENSIVE BACK

Who is reliably covering opposing receivers? No one. I’m not even sure anyone will get drafted if the NFL draft were today. Are Jonathan Lockett and the freshmen that bad that they are unable to get a sniff?

Grade: D-

SPECIAL TEAMS

It was hilarious how Clay Helton praised John Baxter because a Washington State lineman blocked the wrong way and fell to allow Brandon Pili to block a field goal. There were still too many penalties. At least the punting was not a total embarrassment. 

GRADE: C

COACHING

Was USC crisper or less sloppy against a below-average Pac-12 opponent? Not really. If Washington State doesn’t go conservative on third down and settle for a field goal on fourth down, the outcome might be different.

The problem is USC has completed 25 percent of the season and a firm identity has been established: Sloppy, poor line play on both side, inconsistent special teams and playcalling that follows no pattern.

The Washington State game plan quickly turned into just chucking the ball deep against some horrific cornerbacks.

GRADE: D-

Helton makes Arizona game sound like must win

Helton makes Arizona game sound like must win

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