We mentioned in the summer that USC was exploring the possibility of having some players play offense and defense during a game. That is right…Iron Man football. This is a result of the lack of depth the Trojans are facing and will face for the next few years. Yesterday at practice freshman sensation Robert Woods took several reps at the defensive back position. Woods said he wasn’t told why, but he was told to get ready.
Woods is one of those special players. Earlier in the season we saw some spectacular plays from the 6-1 185 receiver, but last week vs. Stanford was his coming out party. Woods caught 12 balls for 224 yards and had 3 TDs. One of those TDs was an awesome 61 yard run. Losing sucks, but you know what doesn’t suck? Knowing that you are going to have one of the best QBs and WRs in the nation on the same team next year. So at least we got that going for us, which is nice.
It make sense that the coaches are exploring this possibility with Woods. Our defense can’t stop anyone late in the game in obvious passing situations. We learned this vs. Washington and last week vs. Stanford. (God I hate those teams) Woods is a play maker and has mad ball hawking skills. He also has experience playing defensive back. At Gardena Serra High Woods had 24 INTs in 3 seasons. Woods has skills you can’t teach and a knack for catching the ball. Why not see if he can catch it on defense. Wouldn’t it be great to have a reverse Charles Woodson on your team…
I am glad the coaches are adapting and trying to figure out this defense that so far has been a complete disaster. I am also all for getting our best players on the field at the most critical times of the game….Because right now the Trojans can’t stop anyone when it matters most.