USC Football was without Jordan Addison and Mario Williams on Saturday against Arizona. The Addison news wasn't the most surprising, as he was day-to-day ever since he got hurt in USC's last game. Williams not playing was a massive surprise, however, as he was even expected by Lincoln Riley to play up until he had "a tweak come up" in pregame.
So, not only were they without their top two players at the position, but they hadn't been preparing to go without Williams. They were only prepared to play without Addison. So, somebody was going to have to step up in their absences. Who that would be was unknown, but somebody was going to have to rise to the occasion.
Luckily for USC, though, it was not just one guy. It was not just Tahj Washington, who had seven catches for 118 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns. It was also Kyle Ford, who had six catches for 114 receiving yards and a touchdown. The best part was that there was more production coming from the receiver room beyond even both of those two.
Brenden Rice also had five catches for 62 receiving yards and a score. Michael Jackson III had 72 all-purpose yards on the day. It was a team effort, as many different players made up for the big losses to injury. Raleek Brown even chipped in as a running back in the passing game, scoring a receiving touchdown.
USC Football's Wide Receiver room proved to be incredibly deep in their PAC-12 contest against Arizona.
USC Football WR Rice is supposed to be approximately the No. 3 receiver on this team. Washington is supposed to be approximately the No. 4 receiver on this team. Hudson is supposed to be approximately the No. 5 receiver on this team.
Jackson wasn't even listed on the opening depth chart. If the guys who are about the No. 3, 4, and 5 receivers are putting up these performances, along with Jackson who wasn't even expected to play much this year; this receiver room is about as good as it gets.
USC never lacks talent in the receiver room, and the player development at the position has been getting even better since the head coaching change to Lincoln Riley. It all came full circle, as the receiver core without their first two guys ended up putting up 435 all-purpose yards in a road PAC-12 contest when they didn't even know they'd miss Williams until the game.
The offense as a whole was cooking, as they scored 45 points and racked up 621(!) total yards. If Addison has to miss more time, it's evident that SC will have more than enough talent to make up for his absence after a showing like this.