Going into the 2016 season, USC’s Adoree’ Jackson is one of the most entertaining and dynamic players in the country. He can do just about everything for the Trojans, but it looks like he wants to specialize this year.
At Friday’s PAC-12 Media Days, head coach Clay Helton was asked about Jackson and what he could be doing for the team this year. While he has proven his worth in every aspect of the game, Jackson is planning on becoming a defensive specialist this year.
“Really the primary focus, and we’ve sat down and visited about it a bunch already, Adoree’ and I have, and his primary focus going into training camp will be on defense because you’ve got to look at the team aspect,” Helton said, via the Salt Lake Tribune. “And you look at the team aspect right now, what’s our weakest point probably going in? It’s our defensive front. How do you help a defensive front? You load the box. You play man coverage. … So I really feel for Adoree’ to become what I think he is, one of the best DBs in the country. I really want his primary focus going into training camp, to work the defensive back position.”
Helton did mention that Jackson could do some work in the return game and possibly make some offensive plays, but he seems adamant about him being on defense this year.
Over the last two years, Adoree’ Jackson has recorded 84 tackles, six for loss, an interception and 17 pass deflections. I think it is safe to say that if he is focused on defense, he will be a big part of their success this year.
USC opens the 2016 season in Arlington, Texas to face off against Alabama at AT&T Stadium on Sept. 3.