USC Football: 5 Things We Learned From the Trojans vs. The Oregon Ducks

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5. Nelson Agholor Is Going To Be “The Guy” In 2013

In August, Nelson Agholor was just another young figure in USC’s incredibly deep wide receiver corps. After the Oregon game, Agholor has made a case for himself to be the next big thing streaking down the sidelines and making amazing catches. Agholor has played in six games this season, and in three of them has averaged more than 10 yards per reception, and in all six appearances, he has been targeted less than 10 times. Leading up to Saturday we saw little glimmers of how he had been developing, with him showing off his speed and ball skills here and there.

October 20, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California wide receiver Nelson Agholor (15) makes a short gain in the second half of the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Southern California won 50-6. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE


But it was against Oregon that he really let us know that he had arrived: the freshman had six catches for 162 yards (average of 27 yards per catch) and one touchdown, leading the team in reception yards on the night. The curtains went up when, on USC’s first drive, Barkley found him down the sideline and connected for a 44-yard touchdown even though a defender blanketed him with coverage. The play was ultimately called back, but it was clear he was not even closed to finished.

After a few more big catches on the day, he exited stage left when he made an incredible catch over the middle while splitting two defenders and trotted into the endzone for a 72-yard score. He got his touchdown, and he did it with style. As silently as he entered this season, Agholor will exit it with a flurry of fanfare around him, and it is well-deserved.

All summer the discussion around Troy was who would USC’s No. 3 receiver. Looks like Nelson Agholor has made that answer clear.

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