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Success Stories: Keary Colbert's Wide Receivers

August 2, 2020

One of the reasons USC has been one of the elite programs in college football is the talent the Trojans consistently produce at the wide receiver position. Time and time again, USC is able to punish opponents for trying to play man-to-man against its best skill players and have produced a few elite names over the past few seasons. Currently, Keary Colbert is the head of the group, and he has helped a few players take their games to the next level as well, with Tyler Vaughns and Amon-Ra St.Brown set to join this group in the next year or two. The Trojans’ 2021 WR class is currently comprised of 4-Stars Quaydarius Davis‍  and Michael Jackson III‍. 

Albert Wilson(UDFA, Kansas City Chiefs & Miami Dolphins)

Colbert and Albert Wilson spent 2013 together at Georgia State, where Colbert served as the wide receiver coach for the Panthers. Wilson had an electric 2013 season, recording 71 catches for 1177 yards, and 8 touchdowns. Wilson was named first team All Sun Belt conference and went on to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs after going undrafted. He currently plays for the Miami Dolphins after siging a 3-year, $24million contract in 2017.

Juju Smith-Schuster(2nd Round Selection(62nd Overall), Pittsburgh Steelers)

Smith-Schuster and Colbert spent just one season together in Troy with Colbert serving on the Offensive Quality Control but USC Athletics has still listed Smith-Schuster as one of Colbert’s NFL stars. During that Rose Bowl season, Smith-Schuster had 70 catches, 914 yards, and 10 touchdowns. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers and made the 2018 Pro Bowl.

Michael Pittman Jr.(2nd Round Selection(34th Overall), Indianapolis Colts)

Pittman Jr. came into USC as a highly rated prospect. After a breakout 2018 season that saw him amass 41 catches, 758 yards, and 6 touchdowns, he flirted with the NFL but ultimately decided he wanted to return for his senior season at USC. 

That ended up being a great decision.

In one season, Colbert and Graham Harrell’s offensive scheme helped Pittman Jr. make another jump. The Biletnikoff finalist had 101 receptions, 1275 yards, and 11 touchdowns. He also made first team All Pac-12 and was selected with the 2nd pick of the 2nd round in this year’s draft.

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