USC head coach Clay Helton’s hot seat cooled a little on Saturday afternoon as the Trojans used some big plays through the air and a few timely stops on defense to move past No. 21 Colorado 21-17.
Young quarterback Sam Darnold made many wonder why he wasn’t the starter from day one with yet another impressive performance. He finished 25-of-37 for 358 yards and three touchdown throws, almost all of which came on a scramble in order to find some daylight.
The Trojans run game was paced by tailback Justin Davis, who averaged 6.4 yards a carry but sat out the final quarter after leaving with a leg injury. Even more impressive was the effort of the team’s defense, which limited a normally potent offensive attack and saw super-athlete Adoree’ Jackson pull in a highlight interception in the second half.
Colorado’s first game as a ranked opponent in a long time didn’t wind up exactly how they thought it would go. While Phillip Lindsay was solid in the run game (and caught a wild 67 yard touchdown on a trick play), the Buffs just couldn’t get much going in the first half on offense and saw quarterback Steven Montez get hit or pressured on nearly every play.
The victory by USC will further muddle the Pac-12 South standings as they were the only team without a conference loss coming into the week. The division remains a tossup at this point but UCLA could make some moves with a win on the road at Arizona State.
That probably won’t matter much to Helton, who gets the Trojans back to .500 on the season after a brutal start and likely hears a little less about his job status come Monday.
With spring practice set to kick off this week, Florida Atlantic and Lane Kiffin have found their offensive line a little lighter than previously expected.
According to the Palm Beach Post, Jack Breshears is retiring from the sport and is no longer with the football program. The Post wrote that, according to a source, the lineman “no longer had the same passion he did for football when (former FAU head coach) Charlie Partridge was there.”
Kiffin will be entering his second season with the Owls, replacing the dismissed Partridge in December of 2016.
Breshears, who will remain on scholarship but won’t count against FAU’s 85-man limit, played in six games as a redshirt freshman in 2016 before suffering a season-ending injury. He played in two games this past season the shoulder issue surfaced again.
Prior to his decision to move on from the sport, Breshears had been a candidate for a starting job this season.
Alabama will kick off spring practice later on Tuesday, but the reigning national champions will do so without an integral piece of its offensive line.
The father of the lineman, David Womack, confirmed to Rivals.com that Matt Womack will undergo surgery Wednesday to repair a broken bone in his right foot. As a result, the rising redshirt junior will miss all of the Crimson Tide’s 15 spring practice sessions.
Per David Womack, his son suffered the injury while jumping boxes during workouts.
Recovery time is expected to be in the range of six weeks, which means that, barring a setback, he’ll be fully healthy for the start of summer camp in early August.
Womack started all 14 games at right tackle in the Tide’s run to its 17th national championship last season. As a redshirt freshman the year before, Womack, a three-star member of UA’s 2015 signing class, played in nine games.
This might be the most Big 12 way ever to lose an assistant football coach.
According to both Rivals.com and the Lawrence Journal-World, Todd Bradford is leaving his post as Kansas’ linebackers coach. The reason? He’s returning to the oil business.
Bradford was fired as the defensive coordinator at Maryland in January of 2012, with that dismissal, and the health of his mother, leading to him leaving the coaching profession for a job in the oil field for the next four years.
“A guy that I was involved with and had business dealings when I was in the oil world before I was helping with my mom reached out to me,” Bradford told JayhawkSlant.com when it came to his decision-making process this time around. “He told me he had some companies that were doing really well and he needed someone to come in and help me run them. He asked if I was interested and I told him I was happy coaching.
“Then he called two more times after that and offered me the job after signing day. I turned it down twice. But each time the offer was getting a little bit better and by the third time financially it was oil world money.”
Bradford spent his first two seasons with the Jayhawks as linebackers coach. The football program had previously confirmed that he would coach safeties in 2018.
On the heels of an extended stint in the NFL, Jake Peetz is headed back to Tuscaloosa.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Peetz has taken a job as an offensive analyst at Alabama. Peetz had been slated to serve as Josh McDaniels‘ offensive coordinator with the Indianapolis Colts before McDaniels abruptly opted to remain with the New England Patriots.
The 34-year-old Peetz is returning to a role he held with the Crimson Tide during the 2013 season. His only other job at the FBS level came in 2007 as a defensive quality control coach at UCLA.
After his first stint with ‘Bama, Peetz spent the 2014 season as offensive quality control coach and wide receivers assistant with the Washington Redskins. The past three years for Peetz have been spent with the Oakland Raiders, the last season as quarterbacks coach.