USC head coach Clay Helton is happy to be back at the Coliseum after losing 3 of their first four games with all loses coming away from the Coliseum. Helton is happy to play 4 of the next 5 games at home. Helton started off his post practice presser assessing Arizona State and what they did well.
Assessment of the ASU offense:
Helton was highly impressed with the Sun Devils’ multitude of weapons and their uptempo offense. They have a great rushing quarterback who can also throw the ball well to a very deep and talented group of wide receivers. The ASU offense runs 80+ plays every game and is averaging almost 50 points per game in their 4-0 start.
Assessment of ASU defense:
Helton has been impressed with the ASU defensive front and he fully expects Sun Devils Coach Todd Graham to dial up the pressure on the quarterback. Our friends at House of Sparky report that Todd Graham has toned down the pressure this season. Graham who normally does dial up the pressure on the quarterbacks is using a more “more conservative, zone-based approach this year” in order to help out his young secondary.
Damien Mama left Tuesday’s practice with a stinger but Helton anticipates that he will be back to practice on Wednesday. Zach Banner was held out of practice because of his ankle injury but Helton thinks he could be back at practice on Wednesday as well. Jack Jones also has an ankle injury and he will be 50/50 at best for Saturday’s game.
Attention to detail:
Helton once again has said that the team has improved every single week and that Utah was their best game. He emphasized that the players know this and now the final piece they need is to handle the attention to detail. Focusing on the details, according to Helton, was the reason the team was much more focused on business in practice on Tuesday. The defense in particular will have to “knock out the little things” while having to go fast against the uptempo ASU offense.
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