BERKELEY -- California heads down to Los Angeles for a clash with USC, where the Bears will contend with dynamic Juju Smith-Schuster, new starting quarterback Sam Darnold and an athletic offensive line. Defensive coordinator Art Kaufman breaks down the Trojans.
"He's a big, athletic guy. He's throwing the ball well. I think what it's done is, It's allowed them to get settled in offensively, and decide what they are, who they are, forge a bit more of an identity. Every quarterback has certain things that they like doing, that they're comfortable doing. What they've had an opportunity to do now is build the offense around what he likes, what he's comfortable with. He can move around and convert some third downs. They call some quarterback runs and he can pick up critical yardage when they need it, because he's just a good athlete. He's a guy that is playing very decisive, is making throws, is playing with confidence, has got a nice arm and throws an accurate ball. I think what they've done is they've done a nice job of simplifying things for him, and let him run the things he's comfortable running. Every week, the playbook gets a little bit bigger and a little bigger and a little bigger, and he's doing more and more. Their execution gets better all the time."
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