The USC Trojans have a long history of producing some of the most prolific pass-catchers in college football. Most recently, the Trojans have had the pleasure of having Marqise Lee on their roster, a 2012 Biletnikoff Award winner. With Lee now in the NFL, can Nelson Agholor take over the mantle as USC’s next great wide receiver in 2014?
During his sophomore season, he showed that he’s definitely capable of doing so. Playing opposite Lee, who garnered plenty of defensive attention, Agholor stepped up in a major way to help the offense get on track. He ended up leading the team in receiving with 56 catches for 918 yards and six touchdowns. He was a huge presence in the offense when Lee went down with a knee injury. Agholor was no slouch on special teams, either, setting a USC record with a 19.1 yard punt return average while returning a pair of punts for touchdowns.
This spring, he’s carried on that positive momentum and emerged as one of the team’s standout performers. His work ethic was “off the charts” according to those who watched him and every day saw the talented wideout make a highlight-reel catch that turned heads. Agholor appears ready to embrace his position as a leader of the team, attacking every day with intensity and performing at a remarkably high and consistent level.
Agholor was already considered a pretty good player by anyone who watched him play in 2013 as he earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 honors. But the young man has only gotten better over the offseason and looks ready to emerge as a college football superstar this fall, carrying on the USC tradition of phenomenal wide receiver talent.