Former USC Football Head Coach and current Ole Miss Head Coach Lane Kiffin picked up former USC Football Quarterback Jaxson Dart this past offseason in the transfer portal. In fact, Kiffin also picked up former USC Tight End Michael Trigg in the portal. Both were rated as four-star transfers.
And sure enough, the former USC Head Coach and the two new former USC football players have all performed well. Trigg already has 16 receptions for 128 yards and three touchdown catches. Not bad for a sophomore. Speaking of sophomores, Dart has not looked particularly impressive with his arm, but he has done a great job in terms of running the ball.
Dart has only completed 59.5% of his passes for just 7.9 adjusted yards per attempt. He's only thrown five touchdown passes. He has, however, averaged 6.5 yards per carry en route to already running for a nice 241 rushing yards. The team as a whole is ranked as the No. 9 team in the country. If Dart can work on his passing, 5-0 Ole Miss has a chance to continue their success this season.
If not, then ex-USC Football Head Coach Lane Kiffin and ex-USC Football Quarterback Jaxson Dart may have a tough time down the stretch.
That's because the former USC Football Head Coach and Quarterback in Lane Kiffin and Jaxson Dart have a brutal schedule towards the end of the season. For now, Mississippi will have it easy for a couple more weeks. They have the atrocious Vanderbilt program this week, and then the awful Auburn Tigers at home the next week.
After that, though, they have ranked LSU on the road, another road matchup against Texas A&M, No. 1 Alabama, a tough road matchup with Arkansas on the road, and ranked Mississippi State for the last game of the year. If they want to hit double-digit wins this year again, they'll need Dart to throw the ball better than how he has been this season.
On the bright side for them, though, Dart had a rough game as a thrower against then-No. 7 Kentucky this past week, yet the team of course still got the victory. Dart completed only 15 of 29 passes for 7.3 yards an attempt and no touchdowns. He didn't have any rushing touchdowns either, and tossed an interception.
While they will likely not continue to win at this rate if performances like that continue to happen against particularly strong competition, it most certainly has been impressive that they are having a season that is comparable to USC. A 5-0 year with a win over a then-top 10 ranked team is definitely one that has been similarly successful to USC's.
Neither team was supposed to be this good. Does USC miss Kiffin or Dart? Absolutely not. They could probably use Trigg, but Lincoln Riley is significantly better than Kiffin and Caleb Williams is exponentially better than Dart. It's nice, however, to see these two former Trojans land on their feet and have success together.