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Heisman Hopeful… It’s a favorite pastime of USC fans. No sooner does the season end before speculation begins about which star athlete will make his way to New York and bring home that elusive
eighth seventh Heisman.
Joe McKnight had buzz. Matt Barkley came close. Marqise Lee was a possibility. Even Buck Allen earned some hype.
But this time it feels especially warranted.
Adoree Jackson may never win the Heisman, defender that he is, but he could and should come as close as any Trojan since
Matt Leinart brought home the last bronze statue.
The triple threat is hard to ignore. As a kick returner, as a lockdown corner, and as an offensive playmaker, Jackson is USC’s ace up the sleeve. If he can keep up the balancing act, his potential is limitless.
Already Jackson might be one of USC’s most skilled cover corners in…ever. Already he is one of the most productive kick returners in USC history. His two this season were the first double since R.J. Soward. And already he has displayed moves out of the backfield which earned comparisons to a former Trojan #5.
In Other News…
- The Holiday Bowl was Jackson’s playground, but he wasn’t the only standout of the evening. Here’s a look at our Studs and Duds from San Diego. (Reign of Troy)
- Cody Kessler finished his season on a high as the offensive MVP of the Holiday Bowl, breaking his share of records along with way. We round up all the marks USC’s #6 set in 2014. (Reign of Troy)
- It was no surprise when Kessler announced his return for 2015, but Damien Mama eased minds about his potential departure on a Mormon mission. Nelson Agholor and Buck Allen remain undecided. (Reign of Troy)
- USC’s future is “ridiculously bright,” said Steve Sarkisian Saturday. Vincent Bonsignore of the Daily News agrees with him. (Daily News)
- Kevin Gemmell agrees, pointing to Jackson as the lynchpin to USC’s success going forward, even as veteran leaders depart. (ESPN)
- Can’t get enough Adoree’ praise? Rahshaun Haylock piled on the praise as well, arguing that Jackson needs more touches on offense in 2015. (Fox Sports)
- On the other hand, Steve Bisheff of ESPN thinks yet another blown lead proved that the Trojans have plenty of room for improvement. (ESPN)
- There came a similar refrain from Jeff Miller, who wondered why and how USC managed to experience so many ups and downs against the Cornhuskers. (OC Register)
- What five things did we learn from the Holiday Bowl? Lindsey Thiry has some answers, including the fact that USC can indeed cover a Hail Mary successfully. (LA Times)
- As usual, Jordan Moore has his 6-Points on the Trojan victory, along with some video highlights to relive the action. (RipsIt Blog)
Stat of the Day:
Adoree’ Jackson gave up just one touchdown at cornerback in 2014, holding out until the final game of the season on the 18-yard score by Kenny Bell in the Holiday Bowl.