After defeating the Oregon Ducks 45-20 at the Coliseum, USC is riding the crest of a five-game winning streak. The Reign of Troy mailbag this week looks ahead to what the Trojans can expect short term and long term.
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After today do you think Deontay has showed enough to prove he can be the #1 guy next year? If not him, who? — Daniel H Cohen
Throughout last year, both spring and fall camp, and this season both before and after the Steven Mitchell injury, Deontay Burnett has shown himself to be an extremely reliable receiver and able to pick up yards after the catch.
It would not be a stretch to say that he is Sam Darnold’s favorite target, as they have combined for touchdowns in nearly every game since Darnold took over.
As far as being the top guy next year, it would be a surprise if Burnett was not a starter, but most likely Michael Pittman will take over for Juju Smith-Schuster when he leaves for the NFL Draft. Burnett will likely be the slot receiver and have a lot of success there.
Is Cameron Smith playing faster than he was early in the season? Is he fully recovered from his knee injury? — Dave Cason
Cameron Smith is the teams leading tackler, and seems to be at full strength since tearing his ACL last year. His play is a large part of why USC has been successful on defense this year while they struggled a lot when he was out last year.