What were the best plays for USC football in 2016? Adoree’ Jackson and JuJu Smith-Schuster ensured the Trojans were not lacking this season.
USC has never lacked playmaking talent. Getting the most out of those playmakers has always been the trick.
In 2016, the Trojans finally seemed to find the balance, notching eight-straight victories with strong team play and stellar moments from the brightest stars.
Now that the regular season is all wrapped up, it’s time to look back at the best of those moments by counting down USC’s top ten plays of the year.
10. Daniel Imatorbhebhe Juggles vs. Oregon
It didn’t result in a touchdown, but Daniel Imatorbhebhe’s juggling catch against Oregon did set up the Trojans for a score and represents the best of the Sam Darnold-Imatorbhebhe partnership.
Both redshirt freshmen were excellent on the play. First Darnold scanned the field with good protection, but couldn’t find a target. With defensive linemen getting free, the quarterback spun away from the pressure and rolled to the left heaving a speculative, if not reckless, throw towards his tight end.
The pass arrived behind Imatorbhebhe and an Oregon defender got up a hand to defend it, but that didn’t matter to the tight end, who reached back to grab the ball. He even stayed on his feet and turned up field before one of the Ducks was able to trip him up.
Darnold and Imatorbhebhe would make a habit of hooking up on plays involving some pretty exceptional catches, but this particular instance of pitch and catch was as exciting as they come.