USC’s nearly at the halfway point of spring practice and the quarterback play has been “extremely average,” according to a Trojans assistant coach I spoke to.
That is expected since neither Matt Fink nor Jack Sears has much experience. But it also underscores the fact USC will miss Sam Darnold and some people seem blissfully unaware of this as they make their projections for the 2018 season.
The fact Fink and Sears are currently unremarkable is why JT Daniels thinks he will be the starter. But Daniels is going to have to win the job while sharing practice snaps in August. It’s not going to be easy, unless Helton does something unprecedented and just clears the way by giving him all the first-team reps right off the bat.
Helton, no doubt, is plotting a way to get Daniels to the top. But here’s another issue that the media is talking about (if not writing): They think Daniels is about 6-feet tall. Maybe he is his reported 6-1. Who knows? But they wonder if his height will be an issue. There are plenty of quarterbacks around that size who succeed in college (Russell Wilson, Johnny Manziel, Drew Brees) so maybe it won’t be an issue.
But it’s a legitimate question if Daniels is going to start right off the bat.