Brenden Rice came over to the USC football program as a four-star transfer from the University of Colorado. He's known for his versatility. He was the most dynamic and exciting player on Colorado's offense. He's heading to the Trojans off of a year where he averaged 14.2 yards per catch and nine yards per carry.
Not to mention, he can return punts/kicks too. In his true freshman season (2020), he returned one punt, and it resulted in a punt return touchdown. In his redshirt freshman season, he returned 17 kicks for an average of 27.6 yards per attempt. He clearly knows how to excel at this return thing.
The Paul Hornung Award seems to see his versatility, as Rice was placed on the watch list for the award. The award is given to the most versatile player in major college football. Rice absolutely belongs in that conversation.
Brenden Rice has the chance to succeed, now that he's with USC football.
With Colorado, new USC Football WR Brenden Rice was being wasted. He didn't have a quarterback that could get him the ball, and he didn't have an offense that could consistently get him open. How can someone as dynamic and versatile as Rice only touch the ball 27 times last season on offense?
Now that he has a consensus top three QB in football (Caleb Williams) and the consensus top offensive coach in football (Lincoln Riley), he has a chance to finally be in a situation that truly allows for his success. Riley's creativity in his play calling and scheme is perfect for players like Rice who have wide skillsets.
Rice had 353 total yards and three total touchdowns last season. Anyone who doesn't expect those numbers to increase drastically with Riley and a top-tier QB working with him is insane--even if Gary Bryant Jr. starts at the Z instead.