For the USC football team, the wide receiver position will be an interesting one to watch develop throughout the year.
Nelson Agholor will have the opportunity to prove he can be an upper echelon receiver as he leads this group. He is a dynamic playmaker and uses his experience as a former running back to aggressively gain yards after the catch.
Behind him, a few receivers will each have the chance to establish themselves as a quality number two receiver. Sophomore Darreus Rogers is expected to begin the season starting opposite Agholor. He has the talent to be a serious weapon on offense and should do well in Coach Sarkisian’s offense.
Victor Blackwell will compete for playing time this year and will no doubt have his shot to show he can make big plays at wide out.
Coming out of high school, George Farmer was touted as the next great receiver to go to USC. Injuries have gotten in the way of reaching those expectations, but he is healthy this year and ready to prove he can be an asset to an offense that could explode if everything clicks.
This group will potentially be joined by freshmen Adoree’ Jackson and JuJu Smith. Both of these guys will see time in the secondary, but have the ability to make plays on both sides of the ball.
While the potential of this group of receivers has a high ceiling, it also has a low floor. Aside from Agholor, the lack of experience on game day throughout the group will be frustrating at times. As guys who are heading into their fourth year at USC, Blackwell and Farmer need to help the younger guys and provide solid production that Cody Kessler can consistently count on.
Each of these receivers will contribute at some point in the upcoming season and some will prove they are worthy of receiving starts in the future. They all have big-play ability, but need to prove themselves as reliable threats that can be counted on in big moments of games.
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