Jeremy Hogue's mailbag
September, 26, 2012
By Jeremy Hogue | ESPN Insider
Cal Sport Media/AP ImagesOpposing defenders have been a lot more aggressive in their coverage of Robert Woods (pictured) and Marqise Lee this season, opening up production possibilities for USC's running backs and tight ends.Each week, WeAreSC columnist Jeremy Hogue will answer strategy and USC team questions in this mailbag:
1. Opponents are using coverage schemes that are loaded up to stop the USC vertical passing game. Talk about what they are doing and how the Trojans will have to adjust.
Many smart people commented in the offseason that the USC passing game was simple -- if corners played off of Robert Woods and Marqise Lee, the threw the quick lateral pass and picked up 5-yards plus; and if they came up and played tight, they threw the fade and counted on Woods and Lee (particularly Lee, who was a surprise to defensive coordinators) going to get the ball. It worked. Now you are seeing defenses -- with an offseason to prepare -- play tighter to the line, and even if they are 5-8 yards off, as soon as they read the quick pass, they are vaulting up to make tackles near the line. They are also sliding safeties over the top and effectively preventing the deep fade as well.
3:02 4th Qtr Utah State 14 UTEP 6 Halftime 22 Utah 24 Colorado State 10 5:45 PM ET Western Michigan Air Force 9:15 PM ET South Alabama Bowling Green Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State