The Bruins lost a close game to their cross town rivals and the Trojans dominated them through the air. The offense fought until the end but it was the defense at fault for this loss, letting Caleb Williams go for nearly 500 yards. That was the second-most passing yards by a USC quarterback in 92 editions of the Crosstown Showdown. DTR didn’t finish as strong with three interceptions It wasn’t a pretty end of season game at the Rose Bowl, but there were some bright spots on both sides of the ball.

Caleb Williams QB USC

Caleb Williams is the best quarterback prospect I’ve seen while scouting in person. He’s got nearly all you could want in a modern quarterback and runs Lincoln Riley’s pro style offense well. Williams has a strong physique and makes the most of it by standing tall in the pocket and throwing with a great arm angle. He has a clean release and plants his feet well to form a good base. When escaping pressure he can use his legs to run for a first down or throw on the run for a gain. He runs with excellent body lean and forces a disproportionate number of missed tackles. The Bruins’ defensive line didn’t get to him very often as he was pretty good at improvising and getting rid of the ball. The Trojans offense relied on a bunch of screens out of the backfield as well as stretching vertical routes, proving Williams can make any throw needed. Some improvements can be made when it comes to reading defenses and going through his reads quicker. He did seem to rely on Jordan Addison a lot and his interception this game came from targeting him.

Zach Charbonnet

If Zach Charbonnet and Keegan Jones could combine into one player, they would be the perfect running back. He had a great game against the Trojans as usual totaling 124 total yards. Charbonnet has averaged 17 carries this season with an average of 7.3 yards a carry. This game showed one of his only weaknesses as a player the breakaway speed. The offensive scheme asked him to run a couple of outside sweeps that could have gone for bigger gains if he was a bit faster. Overall, he’s a great all around running back that has improved his pass catching ability recently. I could see teams looking at him in the mid second round come April.

Jordan Addison WR USC

The first thing that stood out to me about Addison was his speed. He was able to separate from the UCLA defensive backs very well which allowed many deep shots down the field. He possesses elite athletic ability and great speed, as well as exceptional cutting ability, superb hands, and toughness. To take advantage of his speed, the offensive scheme instructs him to go predominantly deep routes, resulting in a huge play of 20 yards or more in practically every game this season. He was a ball magnet and made an effort to catch any ball thrown his way. The only weakness I noticed from him was the fact that he didn’t really face good Bruin corners and pro level defenders could jam him at the line to throw off timing.

Dorian Thompson Robinson

This game was tough for QB1, but he showed resilience and didn’t give up. The effort from DTR was commendable, to try and win the game by putting your body on the line isn’t what most quarterbacks will do. As I’ve mentioned before, some of the big throws from him come on wide open receivers or coverage breakdowns. His first interception game from a bad read and a possible timing issue from the receiver. The second one came from a sloppy throw under pressure that was underthrown to the receiver. Finally his third pick came on a similar situation where it was just a bad decision. His mobility helped somewhat but it was ultimately too much pressure from the USC defense.

Austin Jones RB USC

Jones was filling in for the injured Travis Dye and did very well despite it being a pass heavy game. UCLA’s run defense is average, but Jones was breaking tackles left and right. He slid in and out of defenders all game and was pretty elusive as a runner. He’s smooth with lateral motion as well, cutting easily as well as being a threat in the screen game with the ball in his hands. He could use more strength in the pass protection aspect of the game, but for a back up did very well this game.

Bo Calvert LB UCLA

Calvert is listed as the starter for the Bruins at outside linebacker, but tends to play more of a coverage role. He’s not great in coverage and had tendencies of current Chargers linebacker Troy Reeder. For a player that’s supposed to rush the passer at the position he hardly gets to the QB and is much better in run support. His lateral movement is a bit slow, but he’s got the strength and is a good tackler. He’s not a name you’ll hear a lot, but is a solid role player on the defense.

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