After announcing his departure for the 2017 NFL Draft following a Rose Bowl win, JuJu Smith-Schuster’s prolific USC career ended on a high note. These are his best moments.
When JuJu Smith-Schuster signed with USC in 2014 out of Long Beach Poly, he was a two-way playmaker that made people question where he would play in college. Would he be a safety? Could he stick it out on defense?
Steve Sarkisian planted him firmly on the offense during his first fall camp and he’d never look back. In three seasons, Smith-Schuster totaled 213 receptions for 3,032 yards and 25 touchdowns, ranking fourth, fifth and fifth on USC’s all-time lists.
While a senior season would likely cement him as the Trojans’ all-time leading receiver, three stellar years will have to do. Smith-Schuster will go into the 2017 NFL Draft as one of the most coveted receivers on the big board.
Why? Because of moments like these, his best as a USC Trojan…
Record Debut vs. Fresno State (2014)
Taking over Marqise Lee’s No. 9 jersey at USC in 2014, the JuJu Smith-Schuster era started out quickly and historically. Although he committed a penalty on the game’s opening kickoff, he set a school record for receiving yards by a debuting freshman with 123 vs. Fresno State in Week 1.
Smith-Schuster, who started the game at receiver and had the first target of the game, made his biggest contribution with a 53-yard reception from Cody Kessler late in the first quarter. The play, his third catch of the day, set up what would be USC’s third touchdown drive to begin the game.
The Trojans would ultimately beat Fresno State 52-13, while Smith-Schuster, then known as just JuJu Smith, would haul in 54 catches and five touchdowns during his freshman season.