Analyzing Nelson Agholor's Performance vs. Fresno State in Las Vegas Bowl

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 21, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 10:  Wide receiver Nelson Agholor #15 of the USC Trojans celebrates after scoring on a 62 yard touchdown pass play in the first quarter against the Arizona Wildcats at Los Angeles Coliseum on October 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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After a breakout regular season in a loaded USC offense, Nelson Agholor put on a show against Fresno State in his team's 45-20 win at the Las Vegas Bowl.

The Trojans expected a tough battle against the Bulldogs early on, but some huge plays by Agholor turned it into a blowout in the first half. With the team holding onto a 7-6 lead in the first quarter, quarterback Cody Kessler found his wide-open receiver down the field for a 40-yard touchdown.

via ABC and Bleacher Report

Bucky Brooks of praised Agholor's route-running ability to get open on that play:

Of course, the young player was far from finished. He added to his total with a nice lob from Kessler in the second quarter that was miraculously caught in the back of the end zone.

via ABC and Bleacher Report

While the play was initially called incomplete, the replay confirmed that the receiver had pinned the ball on this shoulder. This was truly a remarkable play, as the defensive back all over the play.

Besides these two big catches, Agholor contributed in a number of ways all over the field. College football analyst Lisa Horne points out a big move he made after the catch in the first half:

Although he had a relatively quiet second half, he finished the day with five catches for 94 yards and two touchdowns. Only a fumbled punt ruined what was an otherwise spectacular game. 

This type of effort shows why he has the potential to be a big-time player going forward at USC.

At 6'0", the youngster does not have elite height, but he has proven the ability to catch virtually anything in his area and make things happen once the ball is in his hands. He led the team with 824 receiving yards in the regular season, and he has the chance to accomplish a lot more next season.

Based on what he showed against Fresno State, Agholor is well on his way to stardom in Southern California.


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