The USC Trojans’ depth chart was released earlier today, and it signals what could be another strong season for sophomore cornerback Adoree’ Jackson.
In a tweet by Lindsey Thiry of the Los Angeles Times and Fox Sports 1, it appears that Jackson is not only listed as a starting cornerback, but also as a second team wide receiver.
— LindseyThiry (@LindseyThiry) August 31, 2015
This isn’t entirely unheard of, as a good number of football players played both offense and defense on the NFL level many, many moons ago, but that trend has become uncommon as of late, probably to minimize risk of injury.
Granted, there have been college players in the past decade or so that have played both ways, namely former Ohio State Buckeye Chris Gamble, who also played receiver and corner.
It should also be noted that Jackson did see some time at receiver last year, pulling in 10 catches for 138 yards and three touchdowns on top of his 49 tackles on defense. Thus, it’s clear that Steve Sarkisian wants to see if similar or greater production can be gotten out of Jackson as a receiver.
It’s an uncommon trend to have a player see time on both sides of the ball, but this is a decision that could end up paying off immensely for USC.
USC opens the season at home against Arkansas State on September 5.
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