FOOTBALL IS BACK!! Well, kind of back. Spring football has sprung and to say that I’m excited is an understatement. For all the new faces here, I am a huge college football fan (Go Trojans). College football is my first love and is a game that will forever have a place in my heart.
The boys are back under the California sun and my heart couldn’t be happier. It has felt like an eternity since I last watched the Trojans hit the gridiron. Growing up in Southern California, you either cheer on the Trojans or the Bruins. From a young age, my heart gravitated to the Trojans, and ever since then, I bleed cardinal and gold.
As you all know, the 2020 season was a wild one. With the coronavirus pandemic canceling and postponing seasons, the PAC-12 conference was not slated to play in 2020. However, in September, the PAC-12 gave the green light for The Conference of Champions to play ball. I couldn’t tell you how excited I was when I saw the notification pop up on my phone. My heart literally skipped a beat.
With a shortened season, the Trojans went 5-1 overall, with their only loss against the Oregon Ducks in the PAC-12 championship game. You’ll get em next year Trojans!
With the 2021 season a few months away, the Trojans held their annual spring game at the newly renovated Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Downtown Los Angeles. After a year with no fans, the Trojans were welcomed back home with 5,000 fans in attendance. With fans finally back, football is starting to feel somewhat normal again.
The spring game showed a glimpse of what’s in store for 2021 and I can’t wait! USC did lose some superstar talent in WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, S Talanoa Hufanga, OL Alijah Vera- Tucker, and more to the 2021 NFL Draft. (I wish you all the best of luck on your new journey) However, USC brought in some fresh new talent.
USC does have superstar QB Kedon Slovis. Slovis has done pretty well with the Trojans these past few seasons and is looking to remain the starter for 2021. USC does have some depth in the QB position. Unfortunately, the Trojans lost QB Mo Hasan to an ACL injury during the spring game. (Get well soon MO!) The Trojans also lost QB Matt Fink. However, USC does have two new faces in the QB room. Miller Moss(Bishop Alemany, CA) and Jaxson Dart(Corner Canyon, UT). Both QB’s did play in the annual spring game and were looking decent.
With fresh new talent entering the Trojans football program, USC is set to make strides in the PAC-12 this upcoming season. With Coach Helton on the hot seat, USC needs to have a spotless record in 2021.
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Even though USC had a 5-1 record in 2020, the Trojans still need a lot to work on. First things first are penalties per game. It seems as if the Trojans are averaging more penalties per game than touchdowns. Just in the 2020 season, the average per game yards penalties was 71.00 compared to their opponents which were 49.33. The total yards for penalties was 40-426. Over the past few seasons, USC has been struggling with penalties, and that all falls on discipline. The difference between a team like Alabama and a team like USC is solely discipline. With head coach Clay Helton failing to discipline his young team over the past few seasons, the Trojans may turn to a new head coach in the seasons coming.
With the 2021 season quickly approaching, USC still has a lot to work on. Hopefully, we will see USC hoisting up a championship trophy in the near future.
I wish the newest additions the best of luck on their new careers as Trojans. GOOD LUCK AND FIGHT ON!!!!
I am so excited for the 2021 college football season!! I’m ready for you!!!!
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