Filed under: California Football, USC Football, Pac 10
California wide receiver DeSean Jackson took this kick back for a touchdown–but got much more than six points. The Bears’ Heisman Trophy Candidate also racked in the Pac Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honors as a result of gaining 142 all-purpose yards on but six touches.
Although Jackson takes the ball to the end zone one out of every five times he returns a punt, he will not be guaranteed Special Teams POTW honors week in and week out.
Although Trojan fans are bemoaning the uninspired play of John David Booty and porous nature of the Men of Troy’s defense, one player made an impact in his first start. David Buehler played double-duty at place kicker, filling in for the academically ineligible Troy VanBlarcom and the late Mario Danelo handling kickoffs, field goals and PATs.
Although Buehler’s reputation was “long but not so accurate” he managed to make 5 PATs and a field goal, while booming the ball into the Idaho end zone three of six times and limiting the Vandals to but 16 yards per return–signaling that, perhaps, the Trojans have found a solution to the kickoff woes which have troubled them in the Pete Carroll era? Perhaps.