After misjudging the flight of one punt and having another bounce away from him, Adoree' Jackson was ready to make an impact.
"I let two go away in the first quarter, so I knew that I wanted to make a play on the field," the Trojans' shutdown cornerback said. "Defensively, they didn't throw it my way, so I was just a little anxious to make something happen and get in the end zone."
Jackson did just that returning a punt 77 yards for a touchdown en route to earning himself the Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week award.
He scooped up a bouncing punt going to his right, raced up the middle of the field, bending his trajectory slightly to the right before cutting back across field and taking it to the house, racing across the end line near the left pylon to get in the end zone just as he had desired.
"I knew that there would be a lane," Jackson said. "I had just the [long-snapping] center there in front of me. I knew that the majority of them drift to the left, once I got to observe the first two that I let go away. They all drift to the left and it would be like one or two people backside, so it was a great job for me to cut it back and display my skills."
Utah State tried its hardest to make sure that Jackson would not have an impact. The Aggies did not target Jackson in the game and refused to kick the ball in his direction on kickoffs, choosing short pop up kicks to the other side of the field instead. Jackson also was not used on offense.
This was USC's first Pac-12 honor this season. The Trojans travel to the Bay Area to take on Stanford this Saturday at 5 p.m.
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