If there has been one weakness for the USC defense in the past decade, it has been containing mobile quarterbacks. Need a few examples, here you go:
(2006 Rose Bowl) Texas QB Vince Young: 19 carries for 200 yards (10.5 yards per carry) and three touchdowns.
(November 3rd, 2009) Oregon QB Jeremiah Masoli: 13 carries for 164 yards (12.6 YPC) and one touchdown.
(October 2nd, 2010) Washington QB Jake Locker: 12 carries for 110 yards (9.2 YPC).
(September 14th, 2014) Boston College QB Tyler Murphy: 13 carries for 191 yards (14.7 YPC) and one touchdown.
Just a few examples but the point is well made. It all started with trying to contain Vince Young in the 2006 Rose Bowl and Trojans fans continue to hold their collective breath when USC faces a team with a mobile quarterback.
Well, get ready to hold your breath again because Arizona has a mobile quarterback. His name: Jerrard Randall. Randall has been splitting time at quarterback with Anu Solomon and heading into Saturday, it looks like Solomon might start but Randall could come and play if Solomon struggles.
Advice to the struggling Arizona Wildcats: play Randall. In his second year at Arizona after transferring from Northeast Mississippi Community College (he started his career at LSU), Randall has 69 carries for 685 yards (9.9 YPC) and five touchdowns while throwing for 458 yards and four touchdowns. Randall has three games with at least 100 yards rushing and at least one 50+ yard rush.
At 6'1" and 185 pounds, Randall isn't the biggest of quarterbacks but he is really quick. He is pretty good at reading the defenses when the Wildcats run the read option and it puts opposing defenses in a dilemma, do you focus on Randall or running back Nick Wilson, who has close to 700 rushing yards and eight touchdowns in 2015.
USC is in the middle of the pack in the conference in rushing defense, allowing 153 yards per game and their defensive line has struggled to get in the backfield.
Solomon is the better passer of the two but Randall has a rocket arm, he just struggles with accuracy and getting in sync with his receivers.
If Randall plays on Saturday, USC is going to need to put a spy on him and I could see Su'a Cravens or Cameron Smith being awarded with that task.
USC hosts Arizona at 7:30 P.T. on Saturday.