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Is there anything Adoree' Jackson and Charles Nelson aren't good at?

Adoree' Jackson, left, and Charles Nelson have seven touchdowns between them, in all phases of the game. USA TODAY Sports, Icon Sportswire

There will be no shortage of athleticism on the field Saturday when No. 24 USC travels to No. 23 Oregon for a game with Pac-12 title-race implications, but two players -- USC's Adoree' Jackson and Oregon's Charles Nelson -- still figure to stand out.

“’[Jackson] is kind of their [Nelson] that plays offense, that plays defense, that plays special teams,” Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said. “All of that at a very, very high level.”

Nelson is one of just five players this season who has scored a rushing, receiving and returning touchdown. Jackson is the only player to have scored an offensive and defensive touchdown this season.

Both of their stat lines read like overachieving high school students trying to get into the Ivy League.

Nelson: three carries for 92 yards and a touchdown, 13 catches for 217 yards and two touchdowns, 20 kick returns for 543 yards and a touchdown and 37 tackles.

Jackson: 24 catches for 382 yards and two touchdowns, 22 kick returns for 499 yards, 19 punt returns for 159 yards, 19 tackles, one pick-six, one forced fumble. And, oh yeah, he won the 2015 Pac-12 long jump title in the spring (25 feet, 3½ inches).

You can just hear their teammates: “Jeez, we get it! You’re good at football!”

But there are a few (emphasis on the “few”) things that the two aren’t very good at, though it took their teammates and coaches a while to think of those.

Nelson is bad ... at video games.

Nelson lives with running back Royce Freeman and defensive back Arrion Springs, and Freeman said Nelson is the worst in their group of friends when it comes to video games.

“He might be good other places,” Freeman said. “But we take it serious in the household. There ain’t no favors going around.”

“'[NBA] 2K,' 'Call of Duty: Black Ops,' 'Grand Theft Auto' -- any video games,” wide receiver Devon Allen added. “We all beat him.”

Jackson is (also) bad … at video games.

Or at least so says Trojans receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.

"Yeah, he’s bad at 'Call of Duty,'” Smith-Schuster said. “He always has more deaths than kills. We all play video games ... we’re always talking about how he’s pretty bad at video games."

Nelson is bad ... at basketball.

Before this season, wide-receivers coach Matt Lubick beat Nelson in a game of one-on-one at the wideouts barbecue.

“He’s not great at basketball,” Lubick said. “He’s not a good shooter. I was actually very surprised about that. Here’s a big-time athlete who can do 100 different things and he’s not a great shooter on the basketball court.”

Jackson is bad ... at baseball.

Redshirt freshman cornerback Jalen Jones, a walk-on who went to high school with Jackson, needed to rack his brain before he could come up with something Jackson didn’t do well. Then he remembered the time Jackson came out to the baseball field.

"He held the bat wrong. You’re supposed to hold the bat with two hands right next to each other and he had them all split. The second hand was halfway up the bat. I’m like, ‘Bro, what are you doing?’” Jones said. “He’d never played baseball in his life and then we took him out to the field to catch some balls and I was snagging them easily and he was like, ‘Wow, I don’t think I could do that.’ That’s the only thing I know that I got him at.

"He found out quickly that wasn’t his sport."

Nelson is bad ... at picking out good music.

Song preference, like beauty, is in the eye/ear of the beholder, but it seems no one around Nelson enjoys his music preferences.

“He’s still into Florida music,” defensive back Ugo Amadi said of the Daytona Beach native. “He plays the wrong song at the wrong times. He doesn’t listen to quality music.”

So what do Amadi and other teammates do in order to not be subjected to Nelson’s music choices?

“If Arrion, Charles and I are going in the car,” Amadi explained, “as soon as Arrion and I get in the car, Arrion puts his Bluetooth on and changes everything. We don’t even give Charles a chance. We change it immediately.”

Nelson and Jackson are bad ... at being bad at things.

That’s just how it goes.

“It’s hard to find things,” Lubick said of Nelson. “Because he wants to be good at everything he does. ... He takes everything serious. You put him in a situation, whatever it is, and you think, ‘We’ll put him in a situation to block a guy who weighs 70 more than him.’ And he’ll get it done because he takes it as a challenge and he loves challenges.”

Jackson wouldn’t admit to anything.

"I feel like if I had to do something, I’ll be good at it,” he said. “I might not start off good, but give me a day or two and I’ll pick it up"

We don't doubt it.