Baxter gets Bush treatment from Kiffin yet again


On a couple of occasions during his short time as USC’s head coach Lane Kiffin has compared freshman Dillon Baxter to Reggie Bush, with the latest coming about a week ago.

Following today’s scrimmage, Kiffin once again played the Bush card in relation to Baxter.  And the young back apparently brought the comparison on himself with a performance that had bedazzled written all over it.

If it were, ya know, a game that actually counted.

Baxter did, though finish the fake game with 94 yards on nine carries, and was sufficiently spring spectacular to allow the Orange County Register to describe one of the plays thusly: “Baxter’s highlight play was a 50-yard run down the left sideline featuring several jukes and fallen defenders.”

After the scrimmage, Kiffin said Baxter circa 2010 was reminiscent of “Reggie against Fresno” State in 2005.  In that game, all Bush did was rush for 294 yards on 23 carries and set a Pac-10 record with 513 all-purpose yards.

Way to keep the pressure off the kid and downsize those expectations, Boy Wonder.  Well played.

As an aside, Joe McKnight sent CFT an exclusive email when asked about the Bush-Baxter comparisons, and he responded as follows: “ROTMFFLMMFAO!!!”

(In a literal sense, that’s not true.  Metaphysically?  It was dead-nuts on.)