Austin Jackson’s Name is Hot

Chris Trapasso (CBS Sports.com)  —  Austin Jackson is a 6-foot-6, 310-pound junior with feet that let him float in pass protection and long limbs to control edge rushers as they try to turn the corner. He’s basically a dream specimen for any NFL offensive line coach. However, his film shows a lack of strength at the point of attack, something that’s not unusual for a younger prospect with a frame to add 10-15 pounds to it. 

In the Holiday Bowl, Jackson will likely see plenty of Iowa’s A.J. Epenesa, a 6-6, 280-pound behemoth (and probable first-round pick) on the outside who brings it on every snap with overwhelming power. And his toolbox of pass-rushing moves is full. So when he’s not attempting to bull rush Jackson back into Trojans quarterback Kedon Slovis, he’ll likely be countering with a swim or swipe move.

Because of his noticeable athletic gifts and length, Jackson is a hot name in the scouting community right now as someone primed to ascend boards during the pre-draft process. He can get a huge jump on doing so by “winning” his matchup against Epenesa, which essentially means not letting the junior with nine sacks, 12 tackles for loss and three fumbles on the season wreck the game. 

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Jamaica
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What do Nick Saban, Dabo Swinney, Urban Meyer, Pete Carroll and Bob Stoops besides winning National championships, all have in common?
They played defense and coached it. Did that stop them from having great offenses as HC’s ? NO!
So why do ADs ignore this fact thinking they have to hire flashy offensive minded coaches that lose more games because their teams can’t stop the opponent. If Helton would hire a really good DC and stop stockpiling WRs & QBs to the detriment of having a very sound well-depth defense, I think his record would be a lot better right now.

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Why would a school president be involved with the football team in any capacity other than going to the games? Hire an AD and let them do their job. A university president should have much more to consider than the football coach.

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Commish: Pac-12 would only support expanded playoff with automatic bids for conference champs. Nick Bromberg, Yahoo Sports

Gee Larry, maybe you could start with cancelling Thursday and Friday night games. Utah would likely be undefeated if they didn’t have to travel on a short week.

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If Jackson is a round 1 guy he should go. No real good reason to stay.
Go get your high paying job and finish school online.

Fight On!

Rumor?
Bohn now wants to Resign?
Any one else heard this rumor?

What a joke USC management is…

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I got me a bad, bad feeling re Graham Harrell. USC offered him a new contract almost a week ago. If he were looking to stay, I would think it would be in everyone’s interest to seal that up and announce it so that he can have some juice in last-minute recruiting. I am starting to think he’s leaving it hanging because he’s going to announce a departure right after the bowl game (and after early signing day). Put differently, the info on Harrell is as readily available as the info on Clancy and Baxter, and that is not a… Read more »

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I am actually looking forward to the Holiday Bowl. I have zero expectations that SC will play well, especially on D and special teams. I also really do not care if SC wins or loses. But the drama! Clay really needs to win this game as does the Iowa coach – losing to Clay Helton is a honor few self-respecting coaches would seek. And now Austin! If Austin does well, he is gone! If he gets embarrassed, then he will most likely stay. So, if SC does well it hurts next year, but if the SC O gets wrecked because… Read more »

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Jackson versus Espensa will be a great battle to watch. Iowa will need a great plan to cover the air raid passing game. Not sure Iowa has played against an air raid team. It should give us an advantage to get a few quickstart TDs before their defense can figure something out. I hope Helton’s lackadaisical practice schedule doesn’t hurt the team play. Some coaches think bowl games are more of an award gift to have a good time.