What USC Player Is the Biggest Concern for Alabama? [Audio]
Alabama and USC kick off on Saturday to get the 2016 campaign started. Joey Kaufman, USC beat writer for The Orange County Register, joined Aaron Suttles to preview the big match-up and fill us in on the Trojans.
Many Alabama fans' gazes are firmly locked onto JuJu Smith-Schuster and Max Browne, and rightfully so. But Kaufman brought up a name that some folks may have forgotten about since he graduated high school as one of the top players in the 2014 class: Adoree Jackson.
"An interesting factor that I'm kind of interested about is Adoree Jackson was one of those guys that played offense and defense last year at receiver and corner, and at this camp [head coach Clay Helton] really focused him at corner. Coaches credit him for being able to make plays... and I think USC needs something like that: a punt return, an interception return for a touchdown, some sort of play where they are able to get a big burst from."
So Kaufman thinks that the Trojans will need a non-offensive touchdown if they are planning on upsetting the Crimson Tide, and this thought may hold true, especially with the absence of their most experienced offensive lineman starting left tackle Chad Wheeler, due to plantar fasciitis. This offensive line is one of the most experienced in college football, and Wheeler's backup, Chuma Edoga, may get picked on by Alabama's defensive front.
"I think it's a pretty serious blow [to their chances of winning], because you have a guy that has had some experience and he started last year and a little bit before so it's extremely something to note... It's going to be a big test for them, it's a lot of unknowns, really."
You can hear the entire breakdown from Kaufman below in his conversation with Aaron Suttles, and be sure to catch The Suttles Approach each weekday from 12-2 PM.