Remember last week when Arizona safety Will Parks said playing WSU was a "chance to pad the stat book" because Arizona would walk away with 10,15 or 20 interceptions? Well, it's a new week, but another WSU opponent is looking forward to the game for an opportunity to pad his stats.
USC freshman Adoree' Jackson has had some success this season as a kick returner and apparently he is looking forward to more against WSU. Take it away Dan Greenspan:
The Cougars have the only coverage unit in the FBS to give up three touchdowns on kickoffs this season and are dead last in the Pac-12 in return yards allowed.
"Your eyes just light up and you just imagine the plays you can make this Saturday," Jackson said of watching Washington State's special teams on tape.
Oh, but it's not just special teams stats Jackson is trying to expand. Back to Greenspan:
"Even the linebackers say they can't wait to get an interception or get the ball in their hands," Jackson said. "It's ideal for anybody to get that stat under their belt, especially for me trying to get my first one."
Opponents used to dread coming to Pullman because it "was in the middle of nowhere" now they are downright excited by the prospect of getting an interception. Connor Halliday has thrown 10 interceptions this season, but that's across 517 pass attempts or one every 51.7 passes or so. If Jackson is so excited now, imagine if USC plays Michigan in a bowl game. Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner throws a pick every 17.4 attempts.
Thursday Night Football and other practice notes - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Oct. 30, 2014
The offensive line we saw at practice tonight was a little different than what we've seen for most of the season. Sam Flor continues to start at center in place of Riley Sorenson. Flor started against Arizona in his first action of the year.
Tim Drevno has young USC line excelling - Spokesman.com - Oct. 31, 2014
Zach Banner may be just a redshirt sophomore and a first-year starter, but on the USC offensive line he’s what passes for a veteran.
Is Defensive Line Depth a Concern Against Washington State? - Conquest Chronicles
Should USC fans be worried about the defensive line depth this Saturday when the Trojans travel to Pullman, Washington to take on the Washington State Cougars?
USC football morning report - LA Times
Stat of the day: USC quarterback Cody Kessler has completed 70.2% of his passes, which puts him on pace to break the school season record.
USC, Wazzu look to rebound - USC Trojans Blog - ESPN
So the last time the USC Trojans faced the Washington State Cougars was in the second game of the 2013 season, and the Cougs came away from the Coliseum with a stunning 10-7 victory, thanks to a 41-yard field goal by Andrew Furney with just 3:03 remaining in the contest.
Opportunities abound for freshman cornerback Adoree Jackson when Southern California heads to Washington State on Saturday.
On Monday, two days after Washington State fans watched their football team collapse in a messy little heap against Arizona, the pages of the Los Angeles Times were peppered with evidence of aggrievement there, too.