USC opens spring practice Tuesday but a lot less is at stake than should be for one big reason: The coaches believe incoming freshman JT Daniels is going to be the starter. So how much does it matter what Matt Fink and Jack Sears are doing?
All the right comments will be made about everyone “competing” for the starting job. But when Daniels is expected to arrive at training camp, Daniels will get an unprecedented amount of snaps in August to win the starting job.
I’ve heard Clay Helton is not worried that Jack Sears will transfer but the only reason he might not name Daniels the starter for the UNLV game is to keep Sears for the year, sort of like how Max Browne started the first game to prevent him from going elsewhere during training camp.
Spring might have some relevance for the offensive line and secondary, but the truth the offensive line is pretty much set (for better or worse) while the best chance of improvement at corner comes from incoming freshmen who won’t even be at spring practice.