National attention on Trojans as they travel to Seattle

first_imgTal Volk | Daily TrojanTime to lock it down · Junior corner back Adoree’ Jackson and the No. 20 Trojans are traveling to Seattle where they will face the No. 4 Huskies. Jackson and the defense are preparing for the highest scoring offense in the Pac-12.The Trojans have a five-game win streak on the line. The Huskies have a 12-game win streak, but one of these will end on Saturday when No. 4 Washington hosts No. 20 USC.Washington (9-0, 6-0) brings one of the most prolific offenses and stalwart defenses in the country into this game. Behind sophomore quarterback Jake Browning, the Huskies are averaging a conference-high 48.3 points per game. Their defense allows the fewest points per game at only 17.0.“It’s the most balanced team that we’ve played,” head coach Clay Helton said. “You look up and they have 231 yards rushing and 268 passing. They’re able to lean on the run game maybe when the quarterback is off.”The fewest points the Huskies have been held to this season is 31 in their win against Utah, but the Trojan defense is confident after holding both Cal and Oregon to season-lows in scoring. Luckily for USC, Helton said he expects redshirt senior defensive tackle Stevie Tu’ikolovatu to play and isn’t worried about whether or not he will be limited because Washington runs so few plays.“He’s a warrior,” Helton said. “He told me when we walked off the field that he was going to play in the game.” Another boost for the Trojan defense comes with Helton’s announcement that sophomore defensive back Iman Marshall will also be in the lineup.Not only is the Husky attack balanced, but it is also efficient. Washington converts on 46.9 percent of their third downs.“When you’re playing a ball-controlled offense and know you’re going to have limited possessions, Washington averages only 65 plays a game, third downs are going to be key,” Helton said. “We put a lot of concerted effort into that today.”Defensive efforts will be spread thin, as there is no one clear rush or pass threat, but Browning’s favorite target is wide receiver John Ross, who leads the Pac-12 with 14 touchdown receptions.“He does a lot of things well, especially when he gets the ball in his hands,” junior corner back Adoree’ Jackson said. “He’s one of those guys where he can stop on a dime. He can run nice routes. And that’s pretty much what is on film; you just see a good player out there.”Just behind Ross in touchdowns is wide receiver Dante Pettis, who has caught 11 this season.On both sides of the ball, the Trojans need to play well and avoid controllable mistakes. “You better play clean football because you aren’t going to get many possessions in the game,” Helton said. “If you’re not good on third downs, if you have penalties, if you turn it over, you’re going to set yourself back against an offense that averages 48 points off of 65 plays.”USC is 10th in the Pac-12 in penalties, averaging 71.6 yards per game because of them. Washington on the other hand, is first in the conference, with only 44.8 penalty yards per game.Converting on third downs is critical to keeping the chains moving and the Trojan defense off the field. USC is third in the conference, converting on 45.3 percent of their third downs. Washington has 27 sacks this season, tied for second in the Pac-12. Helton has expressed his concern over their pass-rush, especially on third down.Additional good news on the injury front for USC came with the full practice of senior running back Justin Davis and sophomore running back Aca’Cedric Ware. The pair of backs will join sophomore Ronald Jones II, who has been dominant in Davis’ absence. In their past three games, the Trojan running back corps has earned 320, 398 and 270 yards on the ground. During their five-game win streak, USC has averaged 571 yards of total offense, with coaches and players alike praising the performance of the offensive line.“If we’re just able to keep this going, we’re a force to be reckoned with,” redshirt senior offensive lineman Zach Banner said. “I love the pace that we’re going at right now.”The game kicks off at 4:30 from Husky Stadium in Seattle and is being televised by FOX. ESPN’s College Gameday will also be covering the game, broadcasting live from the University of Washington from 6 a.m.- 9 a.m.last_img read more

Conchita Martínez: “Muguruza is that good when it picks up”

first_imgWithin the preview of the ultimate of the Australian Open that will play his pupil, Garbiñe Muguruza, towards the American Sofía Kenin, Conchita Martínez spoke with the Spanish media displaced in Melbourne on how he sees the Spanish tennis participant, his good perspective and the development of his sport.Does Muguruza begin with a bonus within the ultimate for having already performed three Grand Slam finals?It is a brand new day and a brand new sport, which begins from scratch. Kenin is enjoying nicely. After all it all the time fits you to have gained tournaments, however I wouldn’t name it a bonus. That doesn’t offer you ensures both.How did you handle your free time without work the monitor?It depends upon the participant and the way you get there. Garbiñe arrived as he arrived, so he needed to take nice care from the start and relaxation was a precedence. We’ve got executed few issues off the monitor, so we’ve given precedence to relaxation and be nicely. It is not straightforward to disconnect in any respect earlier than a match like this.How is Garbiñe?It’s okay. You must management the emotions. We are going to comply with the routines and there are not any extra secrets and techniques. A Grand Slam ultimate is performed and it is troublesome to be tremendous quiet. It is as it normally is earlier than enjoying a ultimate.Are you excited to reside as a coach and once more with Muguruza what you already achieved as a participant (was Wimbledon champion and finalist within the Australian Open?What excites me is to see what is enjoying nicely, that the outcomes are coming quickly after placing many hours of labor. Issues are popping out, that’s the vital factor.Has your sport impressed you?It is not the primary time he does, if not, he wouldn’t have arrived the place he was. He is doing the issues he has to do and doing them nicely. I’m very completely happy to see her play like this.What do you want most about her in Melbourne?It is being very aggressive. All a bit. It strikes nicely to get to the ball earlier than and have the ability to select nicely and never need to hit on the final second when you’ll be able to solely select one shot. I like it when the factors on the web ends. Volley nicely as a result of it has plenty of attain. It’s getting nicely, like that 12 months in Wimbledon (2017). It is very strong from the underside, with a good sport plan.How did he discover her when he returned to her with respect to the earlier period? We begin from scratch. He got here from being on trip, in quotes, as a result of he climbed the Kilimanjaro. He got here ahead to make an incredible preseason, to play and win video games. The tournaments that have been raised have been raised, the utmost variety of matches potential has been performed and is now within the ultimate.What did he like about his sport earlier than returning to work along with her?His aggressive tennis, having the ability to endure from the underside and his expertise to develop a number of forms of sport. I needed to work and enhance little by little, that appeared one of the best when we have been collectively once more.To what extent was it vital within the preseason to enhance the ability and why was the brand new coach (the Argentine Santiago de Martino) employed?It was clear that we wanted a bodily coach. I’m forming a staff with the individuals that I contemplate acceptable and the concept is to work as a staff. We’ve got sat down, we’ve analyzed the participant and she or he has made a preseason in line with her. Mobility is all the time vital, as a result of should you go nicely in your legs, your arm will go alone.Have you ever made any adjustments in meals?I had already managed the feeding. It is managed, however as all the time.How is it potential that as Garbiñe got here he is now within the ultimate of an incredible?Work work. There are not any extra secrets and techniques. It is the fruit of labor and of getting executed issues nicely, as a result of we’ve given significance to issues that needed to be given significance when they touched. We’ve got had the time, virtually 5 weeks of labor, so very good in all elements. Within the first tournaments he gained confidence, as a result of he wanted to shoot, and happily issues are going nicely. Garbiñe is that good, so as soon as it picks up, it’s about occurring and on. I hope I can play an incredible sport.What is one of the best factor Conchita Martínez has as a coach?I don’t discuss me. I do my job one of the best I can. I’m a severe, orderly individual and I research nicely what every participant wants, and I attempt to apply it. Perhaps it’s the motivation or ardour that I put. The entire staff has labored very nicely.Has the attitude of the season modified?What adjustments is that it had dropped in rating, that it didn’t enter the tournaments … We needed to make an appropriate calendar for that and now it has taken a leap that will enable us to maneuver ahead. You can’t predict what is going to occur in 12 months. I’m glad I don’t have to fret about different issues. We should proceed to strengthen it and in that line we are going to go.last_img read more