LOS ANGELES– When elderly Cameron Smith finishes after this period, true fresher Palaie Gaoteote is likely to think his beginning role in the teeth of USC’s defense.
The Trojans had a very early take a look at their prospective future middle linebacker in a 31-20 triumph over Colorado on Saturday night.
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Gaoteote began in area of Smith, that was sidelined with a strained hamstring, as well as do with a team-high 9 tackles despite missing out on much of the second fifty percent while being assessed for a possible concussion.
Colleagues came away from the video game satisfied.
“I wasn’t stunned,” cornerback Ajene Harris said of the efficiency. “I already knew he was a wonderful player. It was extremely outstanding just to see it for myself, all the tackles he was making.”
“He was doing his task,” protective tackle Jay Tufele claimed. “He was coming off the rock, and he was filling the holes.”
“Skies’s the limit for that youngster,” safety and security Marvell Tell said.
Gaoteote previously started instead of outdoors linebacker Porter Gustin in a gain Washington State last month, while Gustin was suspended for the first fifty percent because of a targeting ejection from the previous.
Yet his initial prolonged chance came against the Buffaloes, and also at the “Mike” linebacker placement, where he is inevitably anticipated to align.
Inside linebacker John Houston aided with the protective play telephone calls.
The Trojans liked exactly how Gaoteote abounded to the sphere providers, taping a tackle for a loss on his second series. He gives a physical presence too, listed at 6-foot-2 as well as 250 pounds, with a wide framework.
“I already recognized he was instinctive,” Harris said. “It was simply a matter of him obtaining into the playbook, recognizing his assignments and stuff like that.”
Gaoteote’s standing for USC’s forthcoming game on Saturday at Utah is unpredictable, as he remained in the blast protocol following his helmet-to-helmet appeal Colorado receiver Laviska Shenault.
If healthy, his function is additionally unpredictable. Trojans instructor Clay Helton has actually not devoted to Smith’s return versus the Utes, though it seems possible the elderly can return.
Helton stated Smith was close to playing against the Buffaloes, however was held back for fear of worsening the stretched hamstring, causing him to miss out on even more games.
Gaoteote can additionally be utilized at outdoors linebacker, where the Trojans have an abrupt hole after Gustin maintained a broken ankle joint, finishing his season. PARTICIPATION VIEW USC has actually averaged groups of 56,248 at the Coliseum through three games, the middle of its house schedule.
It is the most affordable for its first 3 house video games since 1999, when it drew an ordinary participation of 51,752.
As component of a continuous improvement, the Coliseum has actually minimized its ability this season to 78,467, a decline of regarding 14,000 seats. The capability will certainly drop to 77,500 when the renovation is completed for following period.
Through 7 weeks, USC is the third-most-penalized team in the Football Bowl Subdivision, routing only Kent State and also Nebraska.
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Kent State, which is 1-6 overall, has actually averaged 10.7 charges per game as well as winless Nebraska has actually averaged 10.2.
VIDEO GAME TIME SET
USC’s video game versus Arizona State at the Coliseum on Oct. 27 will certainly kick off at 12:30 p.m., it was introduced Monday.
The competition will certainly be aired on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2, with the network to be established after this week’s slate of games.
USC opened up as a 6.5-point underdog for Saturday’s video game at Utah, offering a potentially threatening situation for the Trojans. Considering that Helton took over as the acting train in 2015, they are 1-10 in games as the underdogs.