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Depth Chart Observations… Fresh off his first start as a Trojan, Adoree’ Jackson now officially sits as a co-starter on the depth chart alongside Chris Hawkins.
That’s the only real bit of news from USC’s depth chart for the Arizona game week but it is a sure reflection of on-field production. While Hawkins began the year with a firm hold on the starting job, his firm holds of opposing receivers have opened the door for Jackson to unseat him as the No. 2 corner.
It’s not just the defense this development affects. Jackson has seen his offensive touches dwindle since the opener against Fresno State, but Arizona State was the first time he didn’t play on offense once. Instead, he put in 65 plays on defense, more than double his participation at any other point in the season.
Elsewhere on the depth chart, Tre Madden’s return to italic status (i.e. injured player) is intriguing considering his return to practice during the week. Though limited, it seemed like Madden was only a matter of days away from getting back to it in full. His status is one to watch as the week progresses.
In Other News…
- Ryan Abraham has a blow-by-blow account of all of the decisions that cost USC the game against ASU. It’s as painful as you might imagine. (USCFootball.com)
- Yesterday we brought you an article from Max Meyer, who thinks the USC defensive coordinator needs to go. Michael Castillo disagrees, laying out the case for why the “Fire Justin Wilcox” movement is premature. (Reign of Troy)
- We took a crack at rating the Trojan defense against ASU and the grades weren’t pretty. According to our poll of fans, most people give USC a failing grade. (Reign Of Troy)
- The offense was spared such a harsh criticism in our grades but they didn’t exactly light the world on fire either. (Reign of Troy)
- For another perspective on grading USC, Michael Lev gives out his own report card. He might be more generous to both units, but the coaches get similar stick. (OC Register)
- Campus Insiders wonders which Pac-12 team executed the best Hail Mary this season, just in case you hadn’t seen enough heartbreaking replays of the play that ended USC-ASU. For the record, we think USC wins the award for worst defended Hail Mary, while Arizona’s game-winning score is the most impressive. (Campus Insiders)
- For some interesting tidbits from Saturday, including Buck Allen’s rise up the charts in all-purpose yards, check out Shotgun Spratling’s USC-ASU game notes. (Conquest Chronicles)
- Greg Katz breaks down the conspiracy surrounding USC’s Pac-12 south schedule. In case you hadn’t heard, every one of the Trojan’s division rivals have extra time to prepare when it comes time to play USC. (ESPN)
- For a complete break down of USC vs. Arizona, Kyle Kennsing has you covered. (Bleacher Report)
- Speaking of the Wildcats, they’re glad Vegas opened the betting lines with Arizona as an underdog to unranked USC. (Fox Sports)
- Looking forward just a bit, the Pac-12 Network set a time for USC’s match up with Colorado in a couple weeks. (Reign Of Troy)
Reign Of Troy Radio:
In this week’s wrap up episode, we discuss who is to blame for the Trojan meltdown, what is wrong with USC’s offense, and how bad the secondary really was.
Stat of the Day:
The last seven games played between USC and Arizona have been decided by a touchdown or less. The Trojans are 5-2 in those match ups.