Steve Sarkisian: 'It's really cool to show the entire team. It goes a long way'

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday September 15, 2015


Steve Sarkisian says Saturday’s 59-9-win over Idaho featured the best blocking from receivers in his time as USC head coach, and it sets the tone for the rest of the team.

On his radio show, Sarkisian said, “On Mondays, I come in and show different things about effort or big plays to the entire team. It was really cool to show receivers blocking to the entire team. There’s a great deal of appreciation. When you’re blocking and the coach shows it, and the linebacker comes up to you and says, ‘Way to go,’ that goes a long way just for your team.

“You know that guy’s giving it up for the team, and it’s not just about him, ‘Throw me the damn ball.’ It’s about, what am I doing to help our team win that game? I think that showed a lot about our team in general.”

Receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster had 10 catches for 192 yards and two touchdowns, but Sarkisian pointed to his blocking. That kind of effort is going to be needed against Stanford this week.

“Darreus Rogers, two huge knockdown blocks. Not just blocks, but knocking guys down to the ground to spring long runs,” Sarkisian said. "Steven Mitchell showing a whole different Steven Mitchell, blocking down the field.

“These guys were all — we challenged them to be physical, and not just be physical with the ball in their hands, but in blocking, and it totally showed. We’re going to need it again this Saturday.”

USC hosts Stanford at 8 p.m. ET Saturday on ABC.

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with CoachingSearch.com and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News, MLive.com, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to chris@coachingsearch.com.