Helton was impressed with the Trojans’ performance in all three phases against Washington. In particular Coach Helton liked the mental toughness the team had on Saturday. Their ability to drown out the media hype, the crowd noise, and the quality of their opponent and focus on doing their job was exceptional according to Helton.
Helton said the key to continuing their success is to keep doing what they are doing, to continue their same level of preparation and to continue focusing on the next game. That was how they rebounded from a rocky start to go on a 6-game winning streak. As the Trojans continue to climb the rankings and the national spotlight shifts toward them it may become more difficult to focus but the mental toughness the team showed against Washington is a positive sign.
UCLA has not had the season they were hoping for but certainly pulling off a the upset over bitter rival and double-digit favorite USC would be huge for them. When sizing up the Bruins Clay Helton said their defense stands out the most. Helton credited the UCLA defense as one of the best defenses in the Pac-12. He also shared praise for the Mike Fafaul for stepping up at quarterback and handling himself well after Josh Rosen’s injury.
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