25-Game Starter Austin Jackson Moves On

Adam Grosbard (OC Register)  —  Prior to the 2019 season, no one was sure when USC offensive lineman Austin Jackson would be ready to play. He’d donated bone marrow to his younger sister over the summer and was careful as he worked himself back into football shape.

But Jackson returned in time for the season opener, and on Wednesday his USC journey came to a close as the left tackle announced he would forgo his senior season to enter the NFL Draft.

Jackson made the decision official with an announcement on Twitter.

“To the amazing Trojan alumni and friends that I have met on my journey these past three years, I want tot hank you for being a wonderful part of my college memories,” Jackson wrote. “The bond of the Trojan Family is for life!”

Jackson started all 13 games for USC at left tackle as a junior, earning first-team All-Pac-12 honors for his efforts. It was Jackson’s second season manning the blind side, as he started all 12 games as a sophomore, too, after playing in 14 games as a true freshman out of North Canyon High in Phoenix.

The 6-foot-6, 310-pound Jackson has become a popular choice to be a first-round pick in mock drafts lately, going as high as No. 14 in some.

Jackson thanked his family for their support in his goodbye post to USC, as well as head coach Clay Helton and his teammates.

“Coach Helton, thank you for your leadership and your constant support of me and family both on and off the field. USC has truly been a (sic) such a special place to call home for the last three years,” Jackson wrote. “Thank you to my boys on this team. I couldn’t imagine a better group to have played with.”

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Paul_Muad_dib
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Helton gets denied by Joe Barry. It’s not like I wanted the guy as the new DC, but its still embarrassing that Helton can’t even get a former Trojan to accept the position. Just sad…

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Surprised he hasn’t asked Western Kentucky to speak to their DC. Might want to call Rocky Long or Charlie Strong. Not too many young coaches want to tie themselves to Helton.

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Betline.com has listed 20 Heisman Trophy candidates for 2020 and Kedon Slovis is a 9-1 odds behind Lawrence of Clemson, Fields of Ohio State.
Very flattering but I hope we have an O Line that can block for this young man so he can stay upright.

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There are rumors going around that USC wants to drop the UC Davis game and that UC Davis has already been notified. The tricky part is to find a replacement game on this short of notice.

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It was a bad idea when this game was first reported arranged. I think the administration came to its senses it would be a loss of revenue game if played. Maybe in Texas or Alabama, Michigan or Florida where fans will show up for tomato can wins. Not here in LA they won’t…..

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That’s too bad. I was looking forward to the chess match between the California powerhouses.

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Tyler Vaughn is coming back next season

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So is Jay Tufele.

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Here is 2020:
2020 USC Football Schedule
Week Opponent Date
1 vs. Alabama Sept. 5
2 New Mexico Sept. 12
3 at Stanford Sept. 19
4 Arizona State Sept. 26
5 at Utah Oct. 2
6 California Oct. 10
7 at Arizona Oct. 17
8 BYE Oct. 24
9 Colorado Oct. 31
10 at Oregon Nov. 7
11 Washington Nov. 14
12 at UCLA Nov. 21
13 Notre Dame Nov. 28
14 Pac-12 Championship Dec. 4

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The only thing I can say for certain is that I will not be present for any one of these games. Just waiting it all out at this point.

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I’m predicting 5 losses next season. Bama, Utah, ASU, Oregon, and ND.

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No need to put the game on December 4th on there.

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In have read several opinions about Trojans heading to the NFL in this current climate and culture at USC. I keep wondering the same thing; Are great players being squandered by the poor coaching at USC? It has to be true because I see it being said so many ways. But for me it’s like putting imported truffles on Little Caesar’s pizza. There isn’t anything wrong with Little Caesar’s pizza per se’ but the truffles are worth more than a hundred times the price of their average pie. All of this brings us back to the wait til next year… Read more »

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How ’bout this theory. Players under the Helton program that actually make it to the NFL have this going for them. All the soft practices at SC has kept them in good shape for the NFL. If they have learned something in 3-4 years and have self discipline, the NFL may find them attractive.

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Lol. Helton out there playing chess, not checkers shock

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You read all these posts about Austin and they all say the same thing: if he had gotten better coaching…..

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I’m glad Austin was able to get himself (with some help from the coaching staff) ready for the next level in pro-football. You wonder with his talent, if his coaches were at the level it used to be here, how much better he would have performed and become a first rounder. The best of luck Austin!

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Best of luck to him. He could have been better if he were given the direction he and the rest of the team so badly needed. Hopefully he will develop and become even better in the pros.

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Good for him. Great talent that was never developed. Hope he goes in the 1st round. My guess is Helton will need to go to the transfer portal (maybe one of the Stanford kids) for a LT. The OL was decent last year but the QBs still got clobbered. Would you want to face AL behind the SC OL?

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Congratulations to Austin Jackson and wish him the best in the NFL. Not sure if he’s ready based on his Holiday Bowl performance but that is just my opinion.

We’ll need to find a capable replacement for him in Spring Practice so Kedon is protected and doesn’t get killed.

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I hope he realizes that he will actually have to block and work hard in an NFL Training Camp. No more Hugs Helton Softie Practices….