Pac-12 Media Day is right around the corner, and the conference has announced that Caleb Williams and Shane Lee will be attending the event with USC Football Head Coach Lincoln Riley. Each team will have their head coach at the event along with two players.
It's certainly not a surprise that Williams will be traveling with the crew, as he is not only the quarterback and leader of this team, but also a quarterback of immense value to the offense. He's the best one in the Pac-12. He averaged 9.1 yards per pass attempt last season and 5.6 yards per rush attempt last season.
As for Lee, it's not necessarily surprising, but more so refreshing to see him attend Pac-12 Media Day. That's because many fans want to see a Linebacker of his talent-level have a big season for the Trojans. It would make this transition to a new Defensive Coordinator so much easier.
Caleb Williams is the QB of USC football's offense, and Shane Lee is hoped to be the QB on USC football's defense.
While Caleb Williams is set to lead USC football on offense, Shane Lee is hoped to be able to quarterback the defense as the No. 1 Mike Linebacker. If Lee can hold it down like this at arguably the No. 1 position of need that SC had heading into this offseason, it would be massive.
Alex Grinch's life would be so much easier if Lee could play like the Freshman All-American he was in 2019. A 2019 season where he posted 86 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, and a pick.
He was a standout Backer who dealt with injuries after that, and therefore ended up getting pushed down on a loaded Bama depth chart. Talent was never his problem. A four-star recruit (all recruiting ratings and rankings in article are as of 247Sports), Lee was the No. 5 ILB in the country for the 2019 class.
He was the No. 78 recruit in all of America. If he can go back to playing on that type of trajectory, this defense is going to gel together quicker than expected. If this selection to bring him along had anything to do with how his offseason went and how USC views him in their locker room, it could mean big things for USC's defense.
They'll likely be asked quite a bit about the transition that all the transfers are undergoing. If things truly can gel well together quickly, big things could be in store for the team here in 2022. It will be a media day to keep an eye on, and one that will be covered here on Reign Of Troy.