The USC wideout earned his No. 1 jersey through hard work and is primed for a big senior season.
Max Browne and Sam Darnold passed for two touchdowns apiece, Adoree Jackson returned a punt 77 yards for a score, and USC rebounded with a 45-7 victory over Utah State on Saturday.
Justin Davis rushed for 130 yards for the Trojans, while Ronald Jones II became the top freshman rusher in USC history.
Cody Kessler completed 30 of 41 passes for 248 yards and two scores for USC.
Ronald Jones II, Justin Davis and Soma Vainuku rushed for scores
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.
The Trojans win on the road against Colorado, on November 13, 2015.
CAREER: He has 143 catches for 2,178 yards (15.2 avg) with 15 TDs in his career, along with 15 kickoff returns for 183 yards (12.2 avg), 3 carries for 7 yards (2.3 avg) and 6 tackles. His 143 career catches is 13th on USC’s all-time list. He has 8 100-yard receiving games in his career (6 times in 2015, including the first 3 games). He has 26 career starts.
2016: Smith-Schuster, the latest in a long line of stellar USC wide receivers, returns for his third year as a starting wide receiver as a junior in 2016 and he is a candidate for All-American and the Biletnikoff Award.
2015: Smith-Schuster started again as a sophomore in 2015 and was among the nation’s finest pass catchers. Overall in 2015 while starting all 14 games, he has 89 catches for 1,454 yards (16.3 avg) with 10 TDs (all team bests), plus 4 kickoff returns for 51 yards (12.8 avg), a 4-yard rush and 1 tackle. He was 11th nationally in receiving yards (103.9, first in Pac-12), 17th in receiving TDs (10, fourth in Pac-12) and 20th in receptions (6.4, third in Pac-12). His 89 catches in 2015 is seventh on USC’s season list and his 1,454 receiving yards (the third most in a season at USC) is the 17th time a Trojan has eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark. He has 6 100-yard receiving games in 2015 (including the first 3 games). He broke his right hand against California and had surgery 2 days later to insert a plate with 8 screws, but he did not miss any playing time (he played the next few games with a soft cast).
He was among 5 finalists for the 2015 Polynesian Player of the Year Award and was among 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award. He made the 2015 AP, Football Writers, Sporting News, SI.com and Phil Steele All-American second teams. He won USC’s Offensive Perimeter Player of the Year Award. He made the 2015 All-Pac-12 first team, AP All-Pac-12 first team and Phil Steele All-Pac-12 first team.
He had 4 catches for 89 yards, with a career-long 61-yard TD, and he made a tackle against Arkanas State. He had 10 catches for 192 yards (both career highs) with a pair of TDs (50 and 41 yards) against Idaho. He had 8 catches for 153 yards (both game highs) with a 54-yard TD against Stanford. He had 5 receptions for 103 yards, with a pair of TDs (4 and 10 yards), and he caught a 52-yard pass on the game’s opening play at Arizona State. He had 6 catches for 82 yards against Washington. He had 6 catches for 139 yards, with a 75-yard TD, and he returned 2 kickoffs for 36 yards at Notre Dame. He had 8 catches for 143 yards (both game highs) with a 25-yard TD and he had a 9-yard kickoff return against Utah. He caught 5 passes for 55 yards and returned a kickoff for 6 yards at California before hurting his hand and sitting out most of the second half. He had a team-high 8 catches for 138 yards, with a 72-yard TD, against Arizona despite having had surgery on Monday of game week for a broken right hand (a plate with 8 screws was inserted into his hand and he wore a soft cast in the game). He had 3 catches for 66 yards, including a 36-yard TD, at Colorado. He had 5 receptions for 57 yards at Oregon. He had a game-best 6 catches for 85 yards against UCLA. He had a game-high and career-best 11 receptions for 87 yards against Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship Game. He had 4 catches for 65 yards against Wisconsin.
2014: Smith-Schuster had an impressive debut campaign as a first-year freshman wide receiver and on special teams in 2014. Overall in 2014 while appearing in all 13 games and starting 12 times (all but Boston College), he had 54 receptions for 724 yards (13.4 avg) with 5 TDs, plus 2 carries for 3 yards (1.5 avg), 11 kickoff returns for 132 yards (12.0 avg) and 5 tackles. He made the 2014 All-Pac-12 second team (as an all-purpose/special teams player), as well as Sporting News Freshman All-American first team and CollegeFootballNews.com Freshman All-American honorable mention. He won USC’s John McKay Award (competitive spirit).
He had 123 yards (more than any USC first-year freshman has had in a season opener) on 4 catches and a 1-yard rush against Fresno State. He then had a catch for minus 2 yards at Stanford, added 6 catches for 49 yards and he had a tackle at Boston College, had 3 catches for 13 yards and returned a kickoff 18 yards against Oregon State, caught 4 passes for 24 yards and returned a kickoff 19 yards against Arizona State and had 4 catches for 39 yards, a 2-yard run on a lateral and a 1-yard kickoff return at Arizona. He had 4 receptions for 104 yards (with a 7-yard TD) against Colorado, added 6 catches for 77 yards (with a 10-yard TD) and had a 12-yard kickoff return at Utah. At Washington State, he caught 6 passes for 74 yards with a USC freshman record-tying 3 TDs (22, 22 and 7 yards), joining R. Jay Soward, Mike Williams, Dwayne Jarrett and Robert Woods in the Trojan record book. He had 4 grabs for 30 yards against California, 4 catches for 79 yards at UCLA and 5 catches for 48 yards (he also had a tackle) against Notre Dame. Against Nebraska, he had 66 yards on 3 receptions, returned 5 kickoffs for 81 yards and made 3 tackles.
HIGH SCHOOL: He made 2013 Prep Star All-American Dream Team, ESPN 300, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, All-CIF Pac-5 Division, Los Angeles Times All-Area, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team and All-Moore League Player of the Year as a senior wide receiver and safety at Poly High in Long Beach (Calif.). He had 71 tackles in 2013 despite being sidelined part of the year with injuries.
As a 2012 junior, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Cal-Hi Sports California Junior of the Year, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Junior first team, Max Preps All-State Division I first team, All-CIF Pac-5 Division Co-Offensive Player of the Year, Los Angeles Times All-Area and Long Beach Press Telegram All-Area Player of the Year. He had 49 receptions for 752 yards (15.3 avg) with 9 TDs on offense in 2012, plus 51 tackles and 6 interceptions on defense and 12 punt returns for 190 yards (15.8 avg) with a TD and 9 kickoff returns for 131 yards (14.6 avg). Poly won the 2012 CIF Pac-5 Division championship.
As a sophomore in 2011, he had 11 receptions for 241 yards (21.9 avg) and 3 kickoff returns for 96 yards (32.0 avg). Current Trojan Iman Marshall also prepped at Poly.
PERSONAL: He is a psychology major at USC. His real first name is John. In the summer of 2015, he legally changed his last name to Smith-Schuster (from just Smith) in honor of his stepfather. His cousin is current USC assistant coach Johnny Nansen.
GAME-BY-GAME WITH JUJU SMITH
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT JUJU SMITH
Jake Davidson, Daily Trojan: “JuJu Smith is a physical phenom with the potential to go down as the best Trojan receiver ever. His rare mix of speed and power combined with a penchant for elusive moves is truly remarkable.”
Jeremy Shapiro, ESPN.com: He is a mismatch for defenses—too fast for safeties and too strong for most corners.”