Let’s take a step back and consider the offensive line Mater Dei High School featured in 2017: There was Tommy Brown (Alabama), Kekani Gonzalez (Boise State), Mason Kolinchak (Army) and Chris Murray (UCLA). There was also then-sophomore Myles Murao, who has been offered a scholarship by USC, UCLA, Notre Dame and Michigan among others.
No wonder JT Daniels doesn’t know what it means to be hit or face pressure.
Here’s a quote I ran back in January on Daniels, when I spoke to a writer who covered a lot of his games the past three seasons.
“He’s very good but he’s going to have some issues. He will have to face a pass rush. He had a great line and great receivers at Mater Dei. He didn’t have to worry about getting touched.”
Daniels has not been the same since he got hit in the first half of the Stanford game. This week he faces a Notre Dame defense that features tackle Jerry Tillery, who has six sacks.
You might remember Tillery because he stepped on Zach Banner’s foot after a play and also kicked Aca’Cedric Ware in the head after Ware was laying on the ground with a head injury during the 2016 USC-Notre Dame game at the Coliseum.
Maybe Daniels should call his ex-Mater Dei linemen to see if they can play Saturday.