USC football forced their ninth turnover of the season as they entered the half for their Week 3 contest, but it was not by a player on the defense. Fresno State QB Jake Haener threw a Hail Mary to the end zone from USC's 44 yard line, and USC TIGHT END Malcolm Epps caught the INT. Epps now has two catches on the season--one on offense and one on defense.
It was so shocking for so many, that it was announced all over Twitter as an interception by DB Jaylin Smith--who also wears No. 19. Savvy Trojan fans and media, however, knew that it was indeed the giant-bodied tight end. Epps is clearly on the hands team, and that was clearly the right decision.
It was especially great to see, because Epps hadn't yet contributed any receptions on the day with the offense. To see him contribute on D was impressive and refreshing. The former four-star (247Sports) tight end clearly still has plenty of athleticism out on the field.
USC football is so good at forcing turnovers that even a tight end in Malcolm Epps is getting in on the action.
Malcolm Epps' interception for USC football marked the ninth turnover that USC football had forced during the season. Then, in the first drive of the second half, USC DE Solomon Byrd forced a strip sack, and recovered it himself. That's 10 turnovers forced for the USC Trojan defense this season, and Game No. 3 isn't even over yet.
Perhaps this one in particular for Epps will raise his confidence, as the top 10 Tight End recruit in the 2018 recruiting class (247Sports) will look to catch some passes in the end zone when on offense too. He's clearly got the hands to do it, and is clearly more than capable of making big plays. If he can even make them on defense, he can most definitely make them on offense.