USC Trojans passing game could expose Notre Dame seconday

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Sep 28, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; USC Trojans wide receiver Marqise Lee (9) returns a kickoff during the first half against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

 

When USC takes the field for just the second time since the dismissal of Lane Kiffin Saturday against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, they’ll likely do so with All-American wide receiver Marqise Lee in the lineup:

Lee told the media this week that he looked forward to playing this Saturday vs. Notre Dame, saying that he’d be 100 percent come gameday. The Trojans are also expected to have Darreus Rogers back, and as Michael Castillo of Reign of Troy pints out, the Trojan passing attack could have a big day against the Irish’s struggling defense:

The return of the South Bay duo is huge for the Trojans as it gives Kessler more options in both the short and deep passing game, especially with tight end Xavier Grimble’s health in question after he suffered a shoulder sprain against Arizona.

But more importantly, it’ll give the Notre Dame defense more bodies to game plan for in the passing game, where the Irish have struggled tremendously thus far this season.

Bob Diaco’s defense, lauded for an extremely talented and experienced front seven that includes Louis Nix, Stephon Tuitt and Sheldon Day, currently sits at 89th in the country in pass defense, giving up a whopping 252.2 yards per game.

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