USC Trojans This & That — 5/17

      Big 6-5, 230 pound All-America DT/DE John Grant, was a truly dominant defender for the Trojans in ’71 and ’72. On that awesome, undefeated, and heralded ‘72 outfit, #94 was the amazingly athletic, soft-spoken D-line leader of possibly the best Trojan national championship team ever.
       John was also a Sigma Chi and for a semester lived right down the first-floor hall from me in that rowdy, sporadically crazy house. From Boise, Idaho, John was the quintessential anti-Rossovich, and always very sane, polite and pleasant. He did all of his disrupting strictly on the field.
      In 1973, the two-time all-Pac-8 selection at both DL and DE was drafted at #166 in the seventh round by the Denver Broncos  —  where John played for six seasons.

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TrojanRJJ
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Leading with John Grant highlights the failure of Helton 1. I know we do not want to dwell on the many failures of Helton 1, one of which was the complete failure to develop either the DL or the OL. I think throughout Helton 1 and into Helton 2, SC has B level talent on both (it is possible it actually has A level talent on the DL but BKU was incompetent; I do not think we had A level talent on the OL). I am more optimistic about 2019 due to GH and the Air Raid combined with the… Read more »

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The only difference between 1 & 2 is who bailed you out in helping you keep your HC job. 1 was dependent on Sam Darnold and 2 is being dependent on GH. Other than being liked by the players, Helton can’t win on his own ability and unless he had an array of top notch assistant coaches dedicated in working for him (which he can’t find) the sooner the administration gets its act together and replaces him the better!

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John Grant, Monte Doris and Richard Wood were stalwarts on the 1972 defense. Whereas most of the attention focused on the offense which had two-deep great players in the skill positions, the defense deserves a lot of credit. An amazing, dominating team which, IMO, was the best USC team ever.