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Lincoln Riley Identifies Benjamin Yurosek As One Of The 'Best Tight Ends'

Stanford has one of the nation's best tight ends at their disposal
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Stanford has a daunting task ahead of them for their Week 2 matchup as they will be heading down South to take on a future Big Ten program in No. 6 USC.

The Trojans have a high-octane offense that is expected to give programs across the country a ton of issues as they look to win the Pac-12 and make the College Football Playoff. However, USC's head coach Lincoln Riley is well aware of what a dangerous offensive weapon looks like, and when making an appearance Trojans Live radio show highlighted Stanford's Benjamin Yurosek as a player who could give them trouble. 

Nov 27, 2021; Stanford, California, USA; Stanford Cardinal tight end Benjamin Yurosek (84) runs after a catch while being pursued by Notre Dame Fighting Irish defensive lineman Jordan Botelho (12) during the fourth quarter at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

“The great tight ends are challenging and we played a couple of really good ones last year,” Lincoln Riley said on the Trojans Live radio show. “This guy we’re going to play Saturday is really good. He’s certainly one of the best tight ends we’ll play all year. Being able to contain him will be a big key to this game.”

Despite already being one of the best tight ends in the country, it is fair to say that in this Troy Taylor offense, Yurosek is more of a threat than he has ever been. In Stanford's first game against Hawai'i, Ashton Daniels found Yurosek nine times for 138 yards and a score. Taylor's offense heavily utilizes skilled tight ends, which means that Yurosek is a threat at all-times.

If the Cardinal upset USC on Saturday, it likely means that aside from a few other occurrences that Yurosek played a great game.