Friday, August 28, 2009

USC WILL START TRUE FRESHMAN AT QB; BUCKEYES NAME TEAM CAPTAINS

Southern California head coach, Pete Carroll, announced on Thursday that true freshman Matt Barkley will be his starting quarterback this season over sophomore Aaron Corp.

That means a player who just last season was popping pimples and tossing 18 interceptions under the Friday night lights, will be leading the Trojans into hostile Ohio Stadium on September 12 for a primetime mega-tilt with the No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes.

Boy, talk about pressure.

After losing his offensive and defensive coordinators, his starting quarterback (Mark Sanchez), as well as his entire linebacking corps. (Rey Maualuga, Clay Matthews, Brian Cushing), making a true frosh the leader of your team is asking quite a bit and seems a little desperate. I mean, you're talking about a team in USC that has future NFL first rounders on their practice squad.

Why start a freshman?

I'm sure nobody in Columbus is complaining about Carroll's decision.

Los Angeles Times writer, Chris Dufresne, agrees. Click here.

COLEMAN, SPITLER, WORTHINGTON NAMED 2009 CAPTAINS

On Friday it was announced that Seniors Kurt Coleman, Austin Spitler and Doug Worthington were elected as captains of the 2009 Ohio State football team. An offensive captain will be selected each week.

It is of note that the last time OSU had selected only defensive players as permanent captains was in 2002 — the year they won the BCS National Championship.

Each captain issued a statement on Friday about the great honor.

"This is an honor," said Coleman, a four-year safety from Dayton, Ohio.. "I'm so blessed to be in this position. It's not just a title. I want to lead our team the best way I can to make sure we reach our potential."

"It's a blessing to be able to represent this team," said Worthington, a fifth-year defensive lineman from New York. "I'm just an extension of the seniors and coaching staff. It's a great honor."

"I'm honored and truly grateful to be in this position," said Spitler, a fifth-year linebacker from Bellbrook, Ohio. "I want to lead this team to the best of my abilities. Hopefully, we'll go far."