Family Feud Podcast: USC takes on Washington State
After hitting the road for a second week in a row, Shotgun Spratling and Keely Eure are back in the studio for another episode of the Family Feud Podcast. This week, the duo breaks down what went wrong in Austin and previews what the Trojans need to do in order to get a victory Friday.
First off, Shotgun relives the exhaustion of traveling to Austin with the added difficulty of a short week. If the duo is this tired from USC's schedule, how will the fatigue factor affect the Trojans? Could the shortened schedule add a level of difficulty to Friday's matchup? Along the same lines, Keely and Shotgun debate head coach Clay Helton's decision for USC to practice only in shells this week. Is it necessary to practice in full pads during a short week? Will the lack of physicality rear its head on gameday?
In this week's Stock Up/Stock Down segment, Keely and Shotgun have to work diligently to find Stock Up candidates following the lackluster showing the Trojans produced in Texas. They both agree that true freshman Amon-Ra St. Brown was a bright spot from the loss. The wide receiver had a career night that has his stock trending upwards. Keely adds a player to the Stock Up column even though he didn't have the best performance in Austin, while Shotgun highlights a solid performance by true freshman quarterback JT Daniels.
It was much less difficult to find Stock Down candidates after a woeful performance from multiple USC units. The Trojans were not consistent enough to sustain drives, which bogged down repeatedly between the 30- and 50-yard line. A lot of the concern falls on the offensive line, who never seemed to be able to put together five stellar blocks on the same play and struggled with the Longhorns' zone pressures. Keely and Shotgun wonder if it's possible for USC to have a quick on the offensive line considering that the Trojans will see some of the same stunts and pressure from the Cougars front seven.
In the 'Heard it on the Sidelines' segment, Keely gives her take on football in the state of Texas and what the atmosphere was like in the Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium. Shotgun and Keely also share their thoughts on how practice went this week and if there were any notable changes.
The USCfootball.com duo talk about coaching and offensive line play in the 'Agree/Disagree' section of the podcast, wondering aloud the impact the offensive line has and will have on the team this year, with Shotgun believing it is the most crucial element to the season. Keely and Shotgun also discuss what could happen if USC loses on Friday. Could the wheels start to come off for the Trojans?
The Family Feud Podcast ends this week with questions you emailed us (firstname.lastname@example.org), including Josh from the Mojave Desert's take on Clay Helton.
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