USC’s up and down college football season was back up on Saturday night when the Trojans beat the No. 3 team in the country, Utah, in Los Angeles. The high scoring affair was full of highlights but none were even close to what Trojans sophomore receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster did to a helpless defensive back in the third quarter.
After catching a crossing route, Smith-Schuster turned up field, eyed a few defenders and then seemingly waved one towards him. That unfortunate soul? Utah junior defensive back Dominique Hatfield, a Los Angeles native who had apparently been trash talking the entire game and paid dearly for it.
Once Smith-Schuster got close enough, he simply tossed Hatfield off the field and went on his way for a couple more yards. The 6’2 215-pound receiver had an obvious size advantage over his 5’10 170-pound adversary, but that doesn’t make this stiff-arm into oblivion any less amazing.
As for whether or not Smith-Schuster was waving Hatfield over so he could shove him into the ether, well the play may not have been that ridiculous. A couple of other views make it sort of clear that he was trying to direct a blocker downfield.
Smith-Schuster caught a touchdown pass later, giving USC their last score of the game. Not a bad night for a guy who isn’t even NFL-eligible until 2017.