USC Athletics welcomed 13 children with life-threatening illnesses to the Coliseum this season to enjoy the ultimate Trojan experience.
Adoree’ Jackson returned an interception 46 yards for a touchdown in the win over Cal.
Bricio scored a career-high 34.0 points in the five-set victory over Stanford.
Bricio scored a career-high 34.0 points in the five-set victory over Stanford.
Kessler completed 23 of 39 yards for 321 yards and three touchdowns for USC.
Check out the USATSI photo gallery from the game between USC and Arizona.
USATSI Gallery - Utah State @ USC
Dec. 30, 2015
USC falls to Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship, on December 5, 2015.
NCAA Football: USC faces UCLA in rivalry match at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
2016: Jackson, perhaps the most exciting player in college football, is a candidate for All-American and the Thorpe and Hornung Awards as a junior in 2016. He returns for his third year as a starting cornerback and also makes an impact as a wide receiver and returner. USC’s first 3-way player in nearly 20 years, he has drawn comparisons with former Michigan Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson (they have posted comparable statistics). Jackson also is the 2-time defending (2015 and 2016) Pac-12 long jump champion for USC’s track team and he was fifth at both the 2015 and 2016 NCAA Meets to twice earn All-American status. He missed 2016 spring football practice while focusing on track.
2015: Jackson returned in 2015 as a starting cornerback and a dangerous kickoff returner, plus he saw significant action at wide receiver. Overall in 2015 while starting 12 times at cornerback (all but Utah and UCLA), once at safety (versus UCLA) and once at wide receiver (versus Utah), he had 35 tackles, 8 deflections, a forced fumble and an interception for a TD on defense, 27 receptions for 414 yards (15.3 avg) with 2 TDs and 7 carries for 36 yards (5.1 avg) on offense and 30 kickoff returns for 690 yards (23.0 avg) and 24 punt returns for 251 yards (10.5 avg) with 2 TDs on special teams. He was the only player nationally with at least 400 yards receiving, 600 in kickoff returns, 200 in punt returns and 30 tackles. He was second nationally in punt returns TDs (2, first in Pac-12) and 25th in punt returns (10.5, third in Pac-12). He had 157 plays on offense, 657 on defense and 157 on special teams in 2015.
He was a finalist for the 2015 Hornung Award. He made Phil Steele All-American third team (as a defensive back and all-purpose player) and SI.com All-American honorable mention. He made the 2015 All-Pac-12 first team (as a defensive back) and second team (as a return specialist), AP All-Pac-12 first team (as a defensive back) and Phil Steele All-Pac-12 first team (as a defensive back) and second team (as a punt returner). He was USC’s MVP.
He had 2 punt returns for 40 yards and a 23-yard kickoff return against Arkansas State while getting 2 plays on offense, 6 on defense and 4 on special teams before being sidelined in the second quarter with an abdominal strain. He had 3 tackles and a deflection along with 4 catches for 62 yards (including a zigzagging 30-yard pickup) and 3 punt returns for 7 yards versus Idaho (he had 6 plays on offense, 32 on defense and 9 on special teams). He had 5 tackles, 5 kickoff returns for 118 yards and a punt return for no yards against Stanford (he played 9 plays on offense, 57 on defense and 12 on special teams). At Arizona State, he had 2 tackles along with 184 all-purpose yards on just 5 touches (3 receptions for 131 yards, including taking a swing pass a career-long 80 yards for a TD to open the game’s scoring and also grabbing a 45-yarder on third-and-6 to keep a TD drive alive, and 2 punt returns for 53 yards, including a ridiculous 45-yarder where he juked, jumped and slipped defenders while playing 4 plays on offense, 48 on defense and 9 on special teams) to earn Hornung Award Honor Roll notice. He had a tackle, 3 catches for 3 yards, 3 punt returns for 3 yards and 3 kickoff returns for 66 yards against Washington while playing 30 plays on offense, 54 on defense and 10 on special teams. At Notre Dame, he had 3 tackles and forced a fumble that USC recovered in the end zone (he also caught a short pass and turned it into an 83-yard score, had 4 kickoff returns for 101 yards and rushed for 9 yards on 2 carries getting 26 plays on offense, 38 on defense and 15 on special teams) to earn Hornung Award Honor Roll notice. He had 6 catches for 37 yards, 2 kickoff returns for 33 yards, 2 punt returns for minus 1-yard and 2 rushes for minus 1-yard against Utah while getting 40 plays on offense, 2 on defense and 10 on special teams. At California, he made 2 tackles, returned his first career interception for a 46-yard TD, had 2 catches for 18 yards, returned a kickoff for 31 yards and had a 9-yard punt return while getting 6 plays on offense, 45 on defense and 9 on special teams to earn CollegeSportsMadness.com Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week and Hornung Award Honor Roll honors. He had 2 tackles, 4 catches for 45 yards, 4 punt returns for 28 yards and 3 kickoff returns for 57 yards against Arizona while getting 7 plays on offense, 73 on defense and 12 on special teams to earn Hornung Award Honor Roll notice. He had a tackle, a deflection, a 3-yard reception, 3 kickoff returns for 70 yards and an 11-yard punt return at Colorado while getting 1 play on offense, 56 on defense and 10 on special teams. He had 4 tackles, returned 2 punts for 45 yards (with a 41-yard TD) and picked up a kickoff fumbled by USC and returned it 26 yards at Oregon while getting 5 plays on offense, 63 on defense and 14 on special teams. Jackson had a team-best 6 tackles and 2 deflections (starting at safety) and also returned 3 kickoffs for 53 yards and 2 punts for 46 yards (with a 42-yard TD) against UCLA while seeing 2 plays on offense, 62 on defense and 10 on special teams. Against Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship Game, he had 2 tackles and 2 deflections on offense, returned 4 kickoffs for 86 yards and had a 27-yard run while getting 5 plays on offense, 55 on defense and 16 on special teams. Against Wisconsin, he had 4 tackles and 2 deflections, 3 catches for 32 yards, a 1-yard rush, a 26-yard kickoff return and a 1-yard punt return while playing 66 plays on defense, 14 on offense and 17 on special teams.
2014: Jackson made quite an impact on defense, offense and special teams as a first-year freshman cornerback, wide receiver and returner/coverage man in 2014. Overall in 2014 while appearing in all 13 games and starting 10 times at cornerback (at Stanford and then in USC’s last 9 games) and once concurrently at wide receiver (Notre Dame), he had 49 tackles, including 4 for losses, 10 deflections, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery on defense, plus 10 receptions for 138 yards (13.8 avg) with 3 TDs and 1 carry for 5 yards (5.0 avg) on offense and 23 kickoff returns for 684 yards (29.7 avg) with 2 TD and 2 punt returns for 12 yards (6.0 avg).
He was used as a 3-way player in 8 games in 2014 (the first 4 and the last 4). The last Trojan to see a significant amount of time on offense/defense/special teams in a game was Chad Morton, who did so for several games in both his 1996 redshirt freshman and 1997 sophomore seasons when he played tailback, wide receiver, cornerback, safety and punt returner. Against Notre Dame in 2014, Jackson became the first Trojan to start on offense (wide receiver) and defense (cornerback) in a game since at least the late 1960s when starting records were first reliably kept during the 2-platoon era. Jackson’s 2014 statistics were comparable to those of Michigan’s 3-way star Charles Woodson when he won the Heisman in 1997.
He made the 2014 CollegeSportsMadness.com All-American second team (as a kickoff returner), as well as Football Writers Freshman All-American first team, Sporting News Freshman All-American first team, USA Today Freshman All-American first team, Scout Freshman All-American first team, Phil Steele Freshman All-American first team, CollegeFootballNews.com Freshman All-American first team, ESPN.com True Freshman All-American first team and 247Sports True Freshman All-American first team. He was named the 2014 Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year and made All-Pac-12 honorable mention, as well as the Athlon All-Pac-12 first team (as an all-purpose player), CollegeSportsMadness.com All-Pac-12 first team and Phil Steele All-Pac-12 second team (as a kickoff returner). He is second nationally in kickoff return TDs (2, first in Pac-12) and fifth in kickoff returns (29.7, second in Pac-12).
He had a tackle along with 3 receptions for 36 yards (with an 18-yard TD) and a 10-yard punt return against Fresno State while playing 52 plays (13 offense, 25 defense, 14 special teams). At Stanford, he played 36 plays (23 defense, 9 offense, 4 special teams), but did not have any statistics. He had 2 tackles for loss, plus he caught a pass for minus 4 yards and returned 3 kickoffs for 81 yards at Boston College while playing 45 plays (2 offense, 30 defense, 13 special teams). Against Oregon State, he had a tackle and 2 deflections (including one that he tipped to teammate Leon McQuay, who made the interception) along with 2 kickoff returns for 58 yards while playing 44 plays (4 offense, 28 defense, 12 special teams). He had 5 tackles and returned 2 kickoffs for 56 yards against Arizona State. At Arizona, he had 7 tackles and returned a kickoff 34 yards. He had a 15-yard kickoff return and made a tackle before being sidelined with a hip injury against Colorado. He had 4 tackles (1 for a loss), a deflection, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery (on the same play) plus he returned 2 kickoffs for 127 yards (with a school record-tying 100-yarder for a TD) and a punt for 2 yards at Utah to earn College Football Performance Awards National Kickoff Returner of the Week and Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week honors. He had 8 tackles (1 for a loss) and 2 deflections, plus 3 kickoff returns for 67 yards, at Washington State. He had 5 tackles and 2 deflections on defense and 2 receptions for 17 yards on offense against California while playing 101 plays (75 on defense, 22 on special teams, 4 on offense). He had 5 tackles and a deflection and also returned 3 kickoffs for 54yards and had a 5-yard rush at UCLA while playing 97 plays (74 on defense, 22 on special teams and 1 on offense). He had 3 tackles and a deflection and caught a 16-yard TD against Notre Dame as he became the first Trojan to start on offense (wide receiver) and defense (cornerback) in a game since at least the late 1960s when starting records were first reliably kept during the 2-platoon era while playing 49 snaps (35 on defense, 6 on offense, 8 on special teams) before being sidelined late in the first half with a concussion. Against Nebraska, he made 7 tackles and a deflection, caught 3 passes for 73 yards with a 71-yard TD and returned 3 kickoffs for 130 yards with a Holiday Bowl-record 98-yard TD while playing 103 plays (78 on defense, 21 on special teams, 4 on offense) to earn USA Today All-Bowl Team, CBSSports.com All-Bowl Team and ESPN.com Pac-12 All-Bowl Team honors.
TRACK: He was a long jumper and sprinter on USC’s track team in the springs of 2015 and 2016, winning the Pac-12 outdoor long jump title both years (and placing second in the Pac-12 100 meters in 2016) and earning All-American status both years after twice placing fifth in the NCAA long jump.
In 2015 outdoor while becoming the first USC football letterman to earn track All-America honors in an individual event (long jump) since Sultan McCullough in 2000 (100 meter dash) and in a field event since long jumper Luther Hayes in 1961, he had legal bests of 10.48 (a then-personal best) in the 100 meters while placing seventh at the Pac-12 Meet (he went 10.53 in the prelims) and 25-11.50 (a personal best and eighth on the USC career list) in the long jump to place fifth at the NCAA Meet. In his other 100 meter outing in 2015, he was sixth at the UCLA Dual (10.54). In his other long jumps, he won the Pac-12 title with a leap of 25-3.50 and also won at the UCLA Dual meet (25-2 wind-aided) and the Trojan Invitational (24-4.15), plus he was seventh at the Mt. SAC Relays (24-4.25) and the NCAA West Prelims (25-8 wind-aided). He occasionally ran a leg on USC’s 400-meter relay team, even helping the quartet at the NCAA West Prelims advance to the NCAA Meet, where he then anchored the 400-meter relay team that finished fourth in 38.75 (second fastest in USC history).
In 2016 outdoor while repeating as an All-American, he had legal bests of 10.38 (career best) in the 100 meters while winning the UCLA Dual (he also had a wind-aided 10.35 while running ninth at the Mt. SAC Relays), 21.08 (career best) in the 200 meters while placing second at the UCLA Dual and 25-8 while winning the Cardinal & Gold Challenge (he also had a wind-aided jump of 25-10.75 in that meet) and while placing fourth at the Mt. SAC Relays. He also had 100 times of 10.41 to run second at the Cardinal & Gold Challenge and 10.44 to place second at the Pac-12 Championship (he went 10.48 in the prelims) and long jump marks of 25-5.25 (wind-aided) to place third at the NCAA West Prelims (to qualify for the NCAA Meet), 25-4.75 while winning the UCLA Dual, 25-3.50 while winning the Pac-12 Championships, 25.2 while placing second at the Pepsi Invitational and 25-1.75 for fifth at the NCAA Meet (the first USC long jumper to score in consecutive NCAA Meets since Ed Tave in 1983-84). He also ran often on USC’s 400-meter relay team (usually the anchor or third leg), including helping the quartet clock a season-best 39.74 for second at the Pac-12 Championships, and occasionally ran a leg on the 1600-meter relay squad, including on the team that placed fourth at the Pac-12 Championships in 3:10.46.
In 2016 indoor, he had bests of 6.75 in the 60 meters in a heat at the MPSF Championships, 21.28 in the 200 meters while finishing fourth at the New Mexico Classic and 25-1.75 in the long jump while placing second at the MPSF Championship. He also ran a leg on USC’s 1600-meter relay team that set a school indoor record of 3:07.32 in winning the MPSF Championships title and also went 3:10.13 while placing second at the New Mexico Classic.
HIGH SCHOOL: He made 2013 USA Today All-USA first team, Parade All-American first team, Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Max Preps All-American first team, Student Sports All-American first team, ESPN 300, Max Preps All-American Medium Schools first team, Cal-Hi Sports California Mr. Football, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Max Preps All-State Division II first team, All-CIF Western Division Defensive Player of the Year, Los Angeles Times All-Area, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay Player of the Year, Wave Newspapers All-West Region Player of the Year and All-Mission League MVP as a senior wide receiver, running back, defensive back and return specialist at Serra High in Gardena (Calif.). He ran for 639 yards on 66 carries (9.7 avg) with 5 TDs and caught 38 passes for 812 yards (21.4 avg) with 7 TDs on offense in 2013, plus he had 36 tackles, 6 interceptions (3 for touchdowns), 8 deflections and a forced fumble on defense and he had 3 TDs on returns. Serra played in the 2013 CIF Western Division final (he had a 92-yard punt return and a 93-yard kickoff return in the game).
As a 2012 junior, he made Max Preps All-American Medium Schools second team, Max Preps All-American Junior second team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Junior first team, All-CIF Western Division Defensive Player of the Year, Los Angeles Times All-Area, South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay Player of the Year, Los Angeles Wave Player of the Year and All-Mission League Defensive MVP. He had 33 receptions for 546 yards (16.6 avg) with 5 TDs and 175 yards on 7 carries (25.0 avg) with 5 TDs on offense, plus he had 56 tackles, 5 interceptions, 7 deflections, 2 forced fumbles and a fumble recovery on defense and averaged 37.8 yards on 12 punts. Serra won the 2012 CIF Western Division (he had a 78-yard TD run on a fake punt in the game) and CIF state championship Division II bowl game (he had a 95-yard run on a fake punt in the game).
As a sophomore in 2011, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore first team, South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay first team and All-Mission League first team as he had 2 receptions for 39 yards (19.5 avg) and made 23 tackles, 6 interceptions and 10 deflections.
He also was on a guard on Serra’s basketball team and was on its track team, with career bests of 10.68 in the 100 meters, 21.59 in the 200 and 25-5.25 in the long jump. Serra won the 2013 CIF state championship while he placed second in the long jump at 24-7. He won the 2012 state long jump title at 20-0.5. He was named the 2012 Cal-Hi Sports California Sophomore Athlete of the Year and 2013 Cal-Hi Sports California Junior Athlete of the Year. Current Trojans Jalen Greene, Olajuwon Tucker, Jalen Jones, Rasheem Green, John Houston Jr., Deontay Burnett, Caleb Wilson, Oluwole Betiku and C.J. Pollard also prepped at Serra.
PERSONAL: He is a communication major at USC. He grew up in Illinois, then moved to California before his sophomore year at Serra.
GAME-BY-GAME WITH ADOREE' JACKSON
USC TRACK BEST MARKS: Outdoor—10.41 100 meters (2016), 21.08 200 meters (2016), 25-11.50 long jump (2015). Indoor—6.75 60 meters (2016), 21.28 200 meters (2016), 25-1.75 long jump (2016).
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT ADOREE' JACKSON
Tee Martin, USC offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach: “He has an unbelievable amount of talent. He can handle the installation on offense and defense and it’s seamless. The one thing that stands out is how smart and productive he is.”
USC quarterback Max Browne: “I’m just impressed with the way he moves back and forth between offense and defense.”
USC head coach Clay Helton: “Whether it's defense, offense--we fight over him every day. I've been fortunate enough to be around here and in other years it's, 'There's Robert Woods, there's Marqise Lee, there's Nelson Agholor.' Who is the next superstar? This guy is. He's an ultra-special talent and I don't care if it's wideout, running back, corner. He's just really special…Every time he touches the ball, you hold your breath because he can take it 80 yards. He’s electric. He’s such an offensive weapon that I’m glad we’re allowed to borrow him at times."
Jake Davidson, Daily Trojan: “Jackson already is the best cover corner in the secondary. His return skills are so feared that teams are already kicking away from him. Not to mention the fact that though he has touched the ball sparingly on offense, he is a threat to score every time he gets his gloves on the pigskin.”
Lindsey Thiry, Los Angeles Times: “There’s no dream too big for Adoree’ Jackson. He is intent about winning the Thorpe Award, Heisman Trophy and a medal in track and field at the 2016 Olympics.”
Michael Lev, Orange County Register: “If you’re looking for something to feel good about regarding the present and future of USC football, look no further than Adoree’ Jackson. What a player. What a playmaker…It’s safe to say no one on the Trojans’ roster impacts more elements of the game than Jackson. Besides his God-given tools–speed, quickness, leaping ability–Jackson has terrific instincts for the cornerback position and a relentless competitive drive. He simply refuses to allow opponents to beat him.”
Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com: “Oh how I adore Jackson…He could easily wind up being the country’s most exciting player. Jackson is the kind of talent who could cause a coaching staff civil war as offensive and defensive coaches battle to keep Jackson to themselves. While it’d be understandable to want to limit Jackson to one side of the ball, USC is probably better served just getting him on the field as often as possible, because good things happen when he is.”
Vincent Bonsignore, Los Angeles Daily News: “Jackson isn’t just fast, he’s really fast. Mix that with uncanny football skills, Floyd Mayweather head fakes and the ability to make his hips go one way and the rest of his body another is the sort of unfair combination most opponents can’t quite deal with.”
Cooper Perkins, Fox Sports: “Fans and media watching practices struggle to understand why opposing quarterbacks would so much as consider throwing in Adoree’s direction. With his fantastic closing ability and natural feel for the cornerback position, he is already leaps and bounds ahead of the curve.”
Kyle Bonagura, ESPN.com: “His presence alone had a tendency to affect play calling and decision-making…Jackson is a rarity in college football for the number of ways he can change a game. Whether it’s on defense, offense or special teams, there’s always the potential to see something special from him…He's one of the most exciting players in college football.”
Ted Miller, ESPN.com: "Jackson could become a Heisman Trophy candidate as a two-way player, and as a cornerback he's among the nation's elite in coverage."
Chris Low, ESPN.com: “Jackson is one of college football’s most versatile and exciting players…He has everything it takes to be a shutdown cornerback at the next level. A big junior season would make him a hot commodity.”
ADOREE' JACKSON VS. CHARLES WOODSON