Matt Barkley was the Boy Wonder from Mater Dei and injured his shoulder against Ohio State. So Pete Carroll went through the week and did not name a starter even though Barkley did not practice.
Barkley was literally bouncing passes in pre-game warmups at Husky Stadium before Carroll turned to backup Aaron Corp. Not surprisingly, the Trojans lost, 16-13, after the coaches showed such little faith in Corp during his first start.
Well, flash forward to 2018. JT Daniels, the Boy Wonder from Mater Dei suffered a concussion against Utah. So here is what Clay Helton said after practice Wednesday:
“If we get to Friday and it’s not happening, then I’ll go ahead and say Jack (Sears) is going to be the starter.”
Friday? There are two conclusions to draw: 1.) The coaches already intend to start Daniels with virtually no practice. 2.) They do not want to start Sears.
What a horrible way to not instill confidence in Sears, who is going through his first week as the starter in practice after nearly two months with the scout team.
I feel sorry for the guy because the message is that Helton and Co. really want Daniels to be the starter Saturday.