Redshirt sophomore wide out Victor Blackwell found an increased role in the receiver rotation in 2013, even picking up his first career start for the Trojans.
By the numbers: 4 receptions, 49 yards
What went right: After catching just one pass in his redshirt freshman season, Blackwell saw the field and contributed more often, though he was hampered by an ankle injury for much of the year. His greatest impact came in the two games against the Arizona schools, when available receivers hit dangerous lows.
Catching two passes in the loss to the Sun Devils, including a 17-yard catch on a fourth down in the final quarter, Blackwell stepped up when the team needed him. The highlight of Blackwell’s season came against Arizona, when he received his first start in the cardinal and gold. He caught two passes against the Wildcats.
What went wrong: The ankle injury that kept him in doubt for much of the season limited his ability to take more pressure off of the decimated receiving corp. Though he appeared in six games, his four catches really only helped stem the tide of injury, instead of becoming a launching point for a more productive season.
What’s next: Blackwell returns in his redshirt junior season as one of the veteran presences at wide out, given the departure of Marqise Lee and graduation of De’Von Flournoy. In fact, he will be the most senior scholarship player among those who finished the season in the final depth chart at receiver.
Though it is hard to project a break out season given the young talent available, receiver is one of USC’s thinnest positions and Blackwell could turn into a valuable piece, especially early in the season.
Final Grade: B
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