Cloninger Soundoff: Where are the tight ends?

Posted by DAVID CLONINGER on September 11, 2013 

Rory Anderson and Jerell Adams

TRACY GLANTZ — tglantz@thestate.com

South Carolina’s offense has been very strong over the first two games, averaging 430 yards and 28.5 points per game. So perhaps it doesn’t need to mess with what’s working.

My question is, where are the tight ends? Those two guys, Busta Anderson and Jerell Adams, primed for epic numbers at future NFL Combines, that we all thought would be the key to USC’s passing game this season?

Anderson has one catch for 11 yards. That represents the total production of the tight end tandem.

As previously stated, USC’s offense is doing just fine without the two having a ball or five thrown their way. Receivers are breaking out game-by-game and Connor Shaw is keeping defenses off-balance with his running ability, to say nothing of stud tailback Mike Davis.

The tight ends don’t need to be productive, as of yet, and it is worth noting that Anderson was targeted against Georgia and let a touchdown pass slip out of his gut. But if the defense continues to sag, USC will need points to overcome it. The passing game isn’t so great that it couldn’t improve, simply because it can always improve.

Steve Spurrier is satisfied with his offense, but he’s always been chomping at the bit to just let it fly like he did in the Fun ‘N’ Gun days. It’d definitely be entertaining.

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