LOS ANGELES – You can always tell who the quarterback’s most reliable target is when the QB goes to him in a game. It needs a score to keep it close, and you’re going to have to rely on your top guy to get the ball down the field.
For the first nine weeks of the season, Drake was London for USC. But with London ruled out for the season with an ankle fracture, quarterback Jackson Dart turned to Gary Bryant Jr. when the Trojans were trying to start a comeback against UCLA on Saturday.
With USC falling in the third quarter, the dart threw Bryant on eight of the first 10 attempts at halftime. They linked for a gain of 28, 44 and 37 yards, the middle pass going all the way for a touchdown.
When the game was over, USC was not victorious, but Bryant finished with a career-high 161 yards and a touchdown.
“No matter how good a game you have, you always want to win,” Bryant said. “So I don’t care if I have 1,000 yards in a game, I want to win.”
Still, Bryant’s breakout game was a major development for a USC team that needed a top receiver after a London injury. Now, Bryant’s pace and hands are on display as USC tries to move on with his offense.
“You watch tapes when Drake was in and[Bryant]was doing really cool stuff. I think I said this before, but when you have the best receiver in college football, you throw the ball at him.” like,” said Dart with a smile. “But Gary is a stud. He’s always going to win his one-on-one matches and he’s going to make great plays for you. ,
The lineage of receivers runs deep at USC, especially in recent years. Bryant joined the Trojans after Michael Pittman left the NFL. After Bryant’s freshman year, Tyler Vaughan and Amon-Ra St. Brown joined Pittman there. Then it was London’s turn this season before his injury.
All the while, Bryant worked on his craft and did extra things like return kicks while he waited for his chance to become the No. 1 man, which came a little sooner than expected.
“That’s why I came here to surround myself with the great receivers in past history and the great receivers of this team,” Bryant said. “So it doesn’t put any pressure on me to perfect those shoes. I know it’s a line of people ahead of me who have come here, but I expect myself to make those plays. So I keep doing what I do and it adds up at the end of the day. ,