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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Scipio
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Contextualization is always needed when faced with a paradigm shift like we see at USC and more specifically USC football. You must recognize there has been a coup against USC over the last ten years. With Folt, Bohn, and the consolidation of power on the BOT, that coup has been successfully completed. We see a new USC today. One that not only doesn’t care about past traditions, their desire is to expunge them, Cancellation of Salute to Troy being just one example. For those of us mentally, emotionally, financially, and socially involved in the old ways of SC, they are… Read more »

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I have a terrible feeling he’s going to promote from within. Dark times

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Looks to me like GH wants to get out of Dodge, sniffing around at opportunities like HC at Hawaii, OC’ing for the Eagles and who knows where else there are/will be openings. If he keeps this up Helton’s got to be thinking how will I replace both OC & DC with anyone that is beyond a Neil Callaway level at this date in time. Has Mike Leach found an OC yet? Or the new Baylor HC found one? The pros might just be looking for a young OC with fresh ideas to help & relate to these hot shot young… Read more »

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You forgot to mention the special teams coordinator. Its a very important position on a team full of “special warriors”.

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Jamaica, He is simply ambitious and not committed to SC or Helton. He now nows beyond any reasonable doubt that SC is NOT competing for a NC. So, he is seeking to improve his career. Clay is in exactly the opposite situation- he has a job for which he lacks the capacity to do and once he loses it, his career is basically over. I expect he will be back for 2020, unless he can get a better job. SC will be at best next year an 8-4 team with 6-6 being reasonable to expect. So, if he can get… Read more »

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Heard on the radio that GH is interviewing with Eagles for the OC position. Here we go again. It could be he is testing the waters and getting a feel for the nfl interviewing process for the future, but it could also be for real. So we could get the famous Gumbo offense back again.

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Is GH so unhappy he can’t interview enough? I don’t understand a guy who has a job, looking for a job unless the job he has is nothing but Dog S*** Oh never mind.

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I heard it too. He’d be smart to leave USC.

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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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I have a weird feeling that Helton will be unable to get any DC to accept the job and therefore Helton will promote Nansen or something.

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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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Seems you have to be on a winner to get elected, and USC will not be a big winner.

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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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Shouldn’t be too hard to find a team that wants an easy win.

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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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Rock, I do not blame you one bit. A lot of us feel the same way and have pulled back from anything that gives USC money. Heartbreaking actually.

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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….