Max Browne and Steven Mitchell were featured on the Pac-12 Sports report, talking the explosive intentions of the Trojans offense, plus more USC football news.
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First Take… Curtis Conway connected with USC quarterback Max Browne and wide receiver Steven Mitchell on the Pac-12 Sports Report Monday night to talk about the Trojan offense and their roles in it.
“I’m given the keys to the car and I’ve gotta drive the car fast,” Browne said, describing the expectations head coach Clay Helton has for an explosive offense.
Mitchell echoed that sentiment: “We’re definitely a high-tempo offense. We’re going to keep the defense tired. We have so many weapons it’s crazy.”
The quarterback and receiver said they think that their experience around each other going back to 7-on-7 tournaments in high school should help build the chemistry needed for that offense to take shape.
Then Mitchell took the opportunity to break Conway’s ankles as they spoke about the importance of being on the same page based on what the defense tells them.
You can watch the feature below:
One thing is certain, Browne certainly isn’t acting like his starting place is in question with the rise of Sam Darnold as a challenger for the throne.
Speaking about the process of waiting his turn and sitting on the sideline for the last two years, Browne seemed to have his eyes set on prize of the season, not the battle this fall.
“It’s exciting with all the receivers we have, the tight ends and just the team in general, I’m just excited to lead these guys,” Browne said.
And Ten USC Football and Basketball News Links…
- CBS Sports: The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum earned the top spot among “Memorial Stadiums” in the US on this past Memorial Day.
- Reign of Troy: Four-star defensive tackle Greg Rogers named USC in his Top 6 on Sunday, giving the Trojans a boost in the recruiting of a much-needed prospect. Arizona State, Colorado, Michigan, Oklahoma and UCLA also made the list.
- Pro Football Focus: “Are the USC Trojans too reliant on JuJu Smith-Schuster?” asks Kevin Connaghan. The answer is probably yes. However, as Connaghan points out, if you’re going to over rely on one player it might as well be someone as goof as Smith-Schuster.
- NFL.com: Adoree’ Jackson made the cut as the No. 4 college football defender who Chase Goodbread believes will be an NFL star.
- NFL.com: On the offensive side of the ball, the Trojans are well-represented as well as JuJu Smith-Schuster checked in at No. 9.
- Bleacher Report: David Kenyon named ten players who are NFL ready now, but won’t get a crack at the 2017 NFL Draft. Middle linebacker Cameron Smith was among the stand outs thanks to his instinctive freshman campaign.
- Bleacher Report: USC needs to sort out their defensive front between now and fall camp, says Greg Wallace.
- Reign of Troy: USC hasn’t had a senior receiver catch a pass since 2013? Why are veteran contributors so rare and what does that mean for Darreus Rogers, Isaac Whitney and De’Quan Hampton?
- Reign of Troy: Our weekly mailbag features questions about stand out coaches, slow recruiting and must-see games.
- Daily News: Bryce Dejean-Jones, the New Orleans Pelicans guard who was shot and killed in a tragic misunderstanding this weekend, played at USC before transferring to UNLV and then Iowa State.
Stat of the Day:
The last USC wide receiver to log more than 200 yards receiving as a senior was Ronald Johnson in 2010 (692).