Is it even worth mentioning USC’s quarterbacks are struggling this spring? Jack Sears threw another interception Tuesday but the bigger picture is this spring will be remembered for the problems experienced in the battle to replace Sam Darnold.
“We have to get them right,” USC quarterbacks coach Bryan Ellis said. “It’s all on us. It’s all on me. I gotta get the quatterbacks understanding what to do, where to go. understanding to execute those things a little quicker. When we get there, we’ll be just fine.”
It’s good that Ellis puts the burden on himself. But it doesn’t mean the quarterbacks will automatically be better in the fall.
This doesn’t bode well for the Week 2 and Week 3 games at Stanford and Texas. Especially when the tailback position seems likely to be in its own makeover without Ronald Jones. Stephen Carr is still resting is back. When he had the chance to make an impace against Cal last year (Jones was hurt), he did not exactly dominate. Aca’Cedric Ware is having a big spring according to Clay Helton but he doesn’t have Carr’s speed.
Back to the quarterbacks: There is only so much better they can get during the spring. So with five practices left, you might get some glowing internet reports here or there. But no major transformation will occur in 10 days.
It was all much simpler with Sam Darnold rescuing everyone, including Helton.