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Sanchez skinny

Posted on: January 15, 2009 1:26 pm

There are doubts about Mark Sanchez. Not mine, necessarily, although I do agree with some of the evaluations about the USC quarterback I've been hearing.

Much like Sam Bradford, Sanchez just hasn't played that much college football. Unlike Bradford, Sanchez has been a full-time starting quarterback for only one season. You heard that in Pete Carroll's evaluation of Sanchez' decision during a Thursday press conference.

Plus, there are concerns about Sanchez' toughness and ability to take a hit. One source who has watched USC estimated that Sanchez has been behind center for less than eight "legitimate" sacks. [That is, not flushed out of the pocket or running side-to-side]

USC runs a pro-style offense which should help Sanchez. The team uses only 15 percent of its extensive drop-back passing game in the playbook.

In another sense, It's hard to blame Sanchez given that the Heisman triplets (Tim Tebow, Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy) are all returning. He has a chanace of being the second quarterback taken after Matt Stafford. However, Sanchez could be leaving a lot of money on the table. He is no slam dunk to go in the top 10. If he returned for his redshirt senior season, Sanchez could improve significantly on his earning power.

"Mark knows he's going against the grain on this decision ...," Carroll said Thursday, "I don't agree with the assessment of the decision ... The NFL has a very clear thought in that they want you to stay in school as long as you can."


Don't be surprised if Sanchez signs with agent David Dunn.

Now, on to USC. It needs a quarterback.

That you know, but this goes much deeper. USC needs a quarterback, a couple of new coordinators, oh, and a new defense.

Welcome to Carroll's first rebuilding job since he arrived in Troy in 2001.  It's not just Sanchez leaving a year early for the NFL. It's essentially the entire defense leaving, one of the best -- statistically -- of modern times. Both coordinators have left too -- DC Nick Holt followed Steve Sarkisian to Washington.

The spring battle at quarterback will be the most significant at USC since 2003 when Matt Leinart came out of nowhere. It seems like the same thing will happen again with Aaron Corp, Mitch Mustain and Garrett Green competing with freshman Matt Barkley, who is already enrolled.

Mustain, an Arkansas transfer, had trouble picking up the offense in 2008. That was clear when he dropped to third on the depth chart for a time behind Corp.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: USC

Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2009 2:38 pm

Sanchez skinny

Most schools would die for the chance to rebuild like USC. They will be fine.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2009 2:19 pm

Smart Move for Sanchez

When your stock is high go pro.  Period.  When you are a first round pick college is worthless. 

Since: Sep 4, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2009 2:18 pm

Sanchez skinny

I have a comment on the "rebuilding" statement.  As far as coaches go, yes we need 2 new coordinators.  But as far as the players it's not even close to a rebuilding year!  Let's start with the offense, the entire offensive line is coming back, all 3 stud running backs, and all the receivers except Patrick Turner (Ausberry, Johnson, Hazelton, and Williams!).   And Mitch Mustain is the likely starter, he can throw very well, he's been in the program for a while, started 8 college games, and hasn't lost a game since JUNIOR HIGH !!!! And on Defense, Taylor Mays is coming back along with Pinkerton, and most of the defensive line.  Carrol will plug in 3 new linebackers, and the defense will still be good enough.  The offense will be better, and the defense will be better than the average team for sure.  Sorry, it's not a rebuilding year, or a 9-3 year.  It's going to be 12-1 or 13-0.

Since: Apr 3, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2009 2:06 pm

Sanchez skinny

We'll see.  No one is better at rebuilding than USC.  I wouldn't be shocked if USC wins the Pac 10 and ends up in the BCS Championship game in Pasadena.  The Ohio State/USC game should be interesting.

Boomer Sooner!

Since: May 29, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2009 2:03 pm

Sanchez skinny

I don't think Sanchez is prepared.  He's only had one full season as a starter plus two games when Booty was hurt.  He started off strong versus Virginia and Ohio State, but struggled in the middle of the season.  Then, he finally picked it up in the Rose Bowl.  But, he can be very hit and miss.  I don't think it was his best decision; however, he should be #1 or 2, so he'll make a lot of money.

But, he might be holding a clipboard like Vince Young and Matt Leinart.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2009 2:03 pm

Sanchez skinny

Stafford will go very high probably 1, 2 or 3 but after that I don't think a QB will be taken for quite a while. Sanchez probably will be the second one grabbed but probably not till the 20's.

Since: May 29, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2009 2:01 pm

Sanchez skinny

He's a much tougher kid than you're leading onto Dodd.  This will be a rebuilding year, I agree.  Still, they shouldn't finish worse than 9-3.

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