USC WR Victor Blackwell ‘Displeased with Playing Time’, Not Practicing


A week after D.J. Morgan left the USC Trojans to focus on track, Steve Sarkisian’s team is currently without another scholarship player. Redshirt junior wide receiver Victor Blackwell has missed practice over displeasure with his playing time. Adam Maya of Rivals confirmed the situation through USC:

With 10 scholarship wide receivers, playing time is a natural issue that was bound to rear its head at some point.

There’s simply too many cooks in the kitchen, which when compounded with the Trojans’ lack of passing game distribution over the last couple of weeks, has made it difficult for Blackwell and a number of other receivers to get much action.

In the season opener against Fresno State on August 30th, Blackwell had a big impact, catching three passes.

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The longest reception, a 32-yard gain, was perhaps his most impactful play at USC to date. Blackwell caught a screen, got a block from freshman tight end Bryce Dixon and turned the corner while making a couple of defenders miss.

Since then, the junior’s playing time has taken a hit, not seeing a down against Stanford or Boston College.

That said, Blackwell is a guy that Sarkisian will surely want to keep on the roster. Despite his limited experience on the field, this is his fourth year in the program, making him the longest-tenured receiver at USC along with George Farmer.

Whether or not he comes back to the team or departs like Morgan or Anthony Brown, we will have to wait and see.

In just over two seasons of action, Blackwell has played in 12 games at USC, making eight catches for 112 yards, without a touchdown. He came to Troy from Mater Dei, where he was a teammate with former Trojan quarterback Max Wittek.