Trojans Offensive Star WR and RB Know of Bama Defensive Legacy

Offensive stars characteristically embrace the challenge of facing a defense perennially known for shutting down the opponent. Alabama must contend with two of the Pac-12’s best as the USC Trojans stroll in from the West Coast to open the season on Labor Day Weekend Saturday against the Tide at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

USC is celebrated for having prolific receivers on the roster.  This year’s version is Juju Smith-Schuster, a powerfully built productive wide receiver (6-2, 220 pounds).  The junior finished 2015 as the team leader in five receiving categories and topped the league in two * - 89 receptions, 1,454 receiving yards*, 103.9 yards per game*, 16.3 yards per reception and 10 TD’s.  He returned KO’s for 51 yards (12.8 avg) and had a four-yard rush. 

Tailback U returns true sophomore Ronald Jones II (6-1, 195 pounds).  The explosive and elusive tailback finished as the leading rusher last season with 987 yards on 153 carries (6.5 avg) and eight TD’s.  He added seven receptions for 39 yards and a single TD.  The rushing total by the rookie reserve broke the 39-year old freshman record of 1979 Heisman Trophy winner Charles White. visited with the two potent offensive performers after practice on the USC Campus at Howard Jones Field. Alabama will be well-served to concentrate on containing the pair if they expect a favorable outcome.



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