USC's Adoree' Jackson is showing versatility on offense

USC's Adoree' Jackson is showing versatility on offense
USC's Adoree' Jackson scores on a 71-yard touchdown reception during the Trojans' victory over Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 27. (Lenny Ignelzi / Associated Press)

USC players are calling it "The Adoree' Package."

Adoree' Jackson's immersion into the offense has him lining up all over the field as Coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff try to determine how many plays they can use the starting cornerback and kick returner.


Asked Friday what a good number of offensive plays would be, Jackson did not hesitate.

"Forty," he said.

Forty plays on offense would be quite a load for Jackson, who did not play more than 13 in a game last season. But at this point nothing seems out of the sophomore's capability.

On Thursday, Jackson shocked everybody except himself by kicking a field goal from about 30 yards. He said his last field-goal attempt came as a junior at Gardena Serra High.

When Sarkisian summoned him to the drill, Jackson thought he was in trouble.

Instead, he was told to split the uprights.

"I was hesitant at first because I was like, 'Nah, I don't want to miss it,'" he said. "And then he just said, 'Go ahead and kick it,' and I just went with it."

Saturday will be Jackson's final day — and sixth practice — working exclusively at receiver. It has been nothing but a highlight reel since he moved to offense, and it continued Friday with a leaping catch in the end zone between two safeties.

"The kid is so smart," quarterback Cody Kessler said. "He learns it so fast."

In the two weeks leading up to the Sept. 5 opener against Arkansas State, Jackson will split time between defense, offense and special teams.

Jackson, who had no interceptions as a freshman, would choose returning an interception for a touchdown over scoring on a pass reception or kickoff return.

"A pick-six would be just the ideal because it's rare that you see defensive touchdowns," he said.

There is no apparent demarcation point for when Jackson feels fatigued. Would he become tired if Sarkisian let him play the entire game?

"If I would, I wouldn't tell him," Jackson said. "It might just be one of those things where he would have to tell me to come out."


Kessler back

Kessler's arm appeared refreshed after missing Thursday's practice to attend a graduate school orientation.

Kessler is pursuing a master's degree in communication management.

"It killed me not to be out here, but I had to take care of that," he said. "It's just as important to me."

Kessler echoed Sarkisian, who said on Thursday that having Max Browne take first-team reps would benefit the Trojans in the long run.

Coaches did not tell Browne he would work with the first team until just before Thursday' practice began.

"They just said, 'Hey, it's your show today,'" Browne said.

Town transfers to Arkansas

Quarterback Ricky Town, who left USC less than two weeks into training camp, is transferring to Arkansas.

"It was hard," Town told ESPN. "It wasn't an easy decision. It was close to home. But ultimately my family and friends supported my decision, and that's what's important to me."

Town will redshirt this season.

"I sent Ricky a text when I heard the news and wished him luck," Browne said. "It's a good fit. Shoot, it's far away, which is different, but I think it's a good fit for him."

Quick hits

Sarkisian was not scheduled to address the media…. Offensive lineman Damien Mama did not finish practice after suffering an apparent upper-body injury. Freshman safety Ykili Ross also sat out after suffering an apparent leg injury…. Offensive tackle Chad Wheeler, who Sarkisian said Thursday could not finish practice because he was hit in the head with a medicine ball, did not practice…. Tailback Justin Davis (ribs) did not dress for practice…. Defensive lineman Claude Pelon, who had arthroscopic knee surgery Thursday, attended the first part of practice in uniform before leaving for rehabilitation in the McKay Center…. The Trojans practice Saturday at 2:30 p.m., and they are scheduled to scrimmage.

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