Helton on OL depth: So much different than last year
With USC waiting until Friday to determine it’s offensive line lineup, it’s fair to question the head coach’s confidence in his back ups.
The Trojans are waiting for the final word on Chuma Edoga (hip), Austin Jackson (knee) and Toa Lobendahn (pectoral) about whether or not they’ll play against Stanford (5:30 PM PST, FOX). Those three players occupy starting positions at what are arguably the three most important positions on the offensive line.
After Thursday’s practice, Clay Helton expressed hope that all three would be available. He also expressed confidence in who’s behind them.
“Very confident, it’s so much different than last year,” helton said when asked about his backup linemen. “At this point and time, we were sitting here going, if we get anybody hurt, it was a bad situation. Now all of a sudden Toa goes down in the first game, Brett Neilon goes in and really does a tremendous job. All of a sudden if we need to Austin’s reps and he can’t play a full game, Clayton Bradley goes in and does an unbelievable job. Alijah Vera Tucker is there available, Andrew Vorhees and Jalen McKenzie can both play right tackle to be able to spell Chuma. There’s just so much more depth and more answers than all of a sudden, you lose one, two, three, guys and it’s like wow, where do we go now? I don’t feel that this year. I feel we have guys we trust and who are ready to play.”