We’re less than 100 days from the start of the college football season (thank goodness, though it is sort of sad to admit we’re keeping track).
As we prepare to enter the dog days of summer, here are the 10 questions – in no particular order – we think about the most.
1. Can USC find a go-to receiver? Tight end Fred Davis was the Trojans’ go-to receiver last season, but he’s now in the NFL. That leaves Patrick Turner and Vidal Hazelton – two former uber-recruits – as the guys who figure to be Mark Sanchez’s main targets.
Turner arrived in L.A. in 2005 as perhaps the most-heralded freshman wide receiver in the nation. He has caught 89 passes and seven TDs in three seasons, hardly the production that was expected from him. Hazelton has 51 catches in two seasons, again hardly the production that was envisioned when he signed.
David Ausberry, Ronald Johnson and Arkansas transfer Damian Williams also will see time, but it’s hard to see one of those relatively inexperienced players making the leap to go-go receiver. Thus, unless Hazelton and/or Turner all of a sudden flips the switch, USC’s offense won’t be as explosive as it could be – and that could keep the Trojans from playing for a national championship.
2. Can Steve Spurrier find a quarterback?