Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:
1. Adoree Jackson, CB, USC (NCAA) — Defense was actually the least impressive of Jackson’s multi-faceted feats in USC’s 45-27 win over Notre Dame on Saturday.
Jackson had two tackles and two pass breakups against the Irish. He also had a 52-yard touchdown catch while playing offense, a 55-yard punt return touchdown, and a 97-yard kickoff return touchdown.
The junior cornerback and track star will either be a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, or he’ll be a preseason pick to contend for the 2017 Heisman Trophy. And don’t be surprised if he also competes in the 2020 U.S. Olympic trials as a long jumper. Continue reading
There are plenty of places to spread blame around for the struggles of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defense during the team’s 1-4 start to the season.
You could blame the schedule, which has had the Bucs play three straight road games — including a short-week Thursday night disaster at Atlanta — and has had them face each of the elite QBs of the NFC South once already: Cam Newton, Matt Ryan and Drew Brees. You could blame the leadership, as first-year head coach Lovie Smith has implemented a Tampa 2 defensive scheme that, while once dominant in the NFL, has mostly become outdated and ineffective for the teams who try it. Or you could blame the talent, as some of the players relied upon to be difference-makers for the Bucs have yet to make a positive impact. Continue reading