USC Morning Buzz: A Looming Headache For Clay Helton

Over the weekend, I said I spoke to a player who decided to transfer from USC.

Here is something else they said that will be a problem for Clay Helton.

“Every one on the team wants (Jack) Sears to start (at quarterback),” the player said.

It’s going to be an ugly QB competition if the coaches simply start JT Daniels no matter what.

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37 thoughts on “USC Morning Buzz: A Looming Headache For Clay Helton

    1. Thanks for posting. He always seemed to have the ability. I remember the spring scrimmage his freshman year, he covered Juju for much of the game, and he did a really good job.

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      1. Once he gets away from the flag happy pac12 refs, his physical style should fit well at the next level. Remember the nfl playoffs ?

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      2. Ha! [Even as a Seahawk —playing at home —-Iman wouldn’t get away with the crap he pulled at the end of the Cal game]……
        #…ButThatWasAnAberration…
        #Iman’sBetterThanThat

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  1. Harrell indicated during his press conference that there will be “open competition for all positions on the offense, including quarterback”, and that he “was the exclusive play caller starting on day one at North Texas.”

    Not sure why Scottie keeps stating that Daniels will start no matter what…

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    1. 67 —I suggest everybody go take another look at the Washington State game (Daniels at his best) and the Arizona game (all we have to go on for Sears). They both have their strengths —-but J. T. was sharper in situations where it counted. I realize it must be fun for Scott to imagine how bad things could get if he convinces people in advance that J. T. is not the right choice for QB and Harrell picks J. T. But the truth is —- all things considered, J. T. is a good choice to run Harrell’s offense. So is Sears. But J. T. is smarter and stronger willed (check out both of their many interviews on YouTube —the difference is obvious). And intelligence and mental toughness are what makes Harrell’s system go.

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        MG, good points. The Trojans have had a bad o-line for some time, and that really exposed Daniels last year in terms of lack of speed and arm strength. But the spread offense (assuming Harrell will run some variant of this) patches over a weak o-line with zone blocking and quick throws. You are spot on that it requires the QB to make quick and sensible judgments. No matter who starts, I suspect it will be a work in progress.

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      2. 67 —I bet the o-line improves now that Callaway is gone. I hate to keep ragging on the guy (he knew his football) but, if his interviews were any indicator, he was not an exceptional communicator. How this escaped Helton will always amaze me.
        I also think that J. T. could improve his quickness by dropping a little weight. I was shocked at Barkley’s improved movement when he dropped something like 5-7 pounds between his Freshman and Sophomore years. Ideally, J. T. will be bulked up enough this season not to get hurt but light enough to escape trouble when things break down.

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      3. I totally agree with you. The Notre Dame game is what JT can do and with more time in the system and physically maturing he will be better. He had almost no time in the system when he started and he went up against some tough teams with no oline and a center who couldn’t snap and a coordinator who couldnt call plays.

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      4. Don’t count out the strong, more silent player or assume the most glib player is the best leader. You have to put players in games, not merely practices, to sort out the best performers but more importantly who the players will rally behind.

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    2. Sometimes it’s called clickbait.. other times it’s just being a whore for attention. Why is there no other commentators or “reporters” clamoring for Sears. Seems as I remember last fall, It was universally agreed by THOSE IN ATTENDANCE that Sears was nowhere near JT in the competition.
      Having said that, there should and I’m sure will be a competition to see who starts.

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      1. Clickbait —– not the god we want to worship, right Pudly? But it’s what makes this site go —so I guess it’s a necessary evil. I’m sure that’s the way Scott sees it. The problem is —-I’m beginning to think that Scott is way more influential than even he realizes. He gets story lines going and they seem to wind up all over the fucking place. There is no question in my mind that his coverage hurt Kiffin. Sark pretty much did himself in. Swann and Helton are MADE for Wolf, though. They give him exactly what he needs to lend credibility to his “departed” player and “seance” interviews. Anything Scott puts into the mouths of “departed players” or “NFL sources” sounds TRUE. And —you know what? —-Scott’s cleverly constructed “interviews” are starting to take on a life of their own. This hurts the team. It’s for that reason that I appreciate your fact checks, Pudly. Keep up the good work, my friend.
        And where the Hell is drjess?! I could have used him around in my skirmish with Owns yesterday.

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  2. So now you listen to the players? When all the players wanted Helton hired, you weren’t on board with them….. I guess it’s when it suits your narrative….

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    1. Make that Clay, J.T., J.T’s parents, Amon Ra St. Brown….and me.
      No QB throws off his back foot for the fun of it —it’s done when your protection is gone but you haven’t given up on the play cuz you see something opening up…
      #GettingTheBallFromCenterOnADribble…
      #AndNotHaving2SecondsToSetUpCanDoThingsToAGuy

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  3. The difference between JT in 2018 and the JT this season will be significant. I oft believed that his rushing a year early from HS for the 1018 season would be a struggle for him. It turned out it was even more desperate what with the serious coaching deficiencies.
    Daniels is smart as a whip, his off season efforts leading into the Spring session will really help him. He’s going to win the starting nod. Sears and Fink are emergency backup ‘journeyman level’ players. There will probably be some real disasters on the turf this season but Daniels will play at an elite level.

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    1. gillyking —If Daniels and St. Brown play at maximum capacity, there may be fewer disasters than we fear.
      #It’dBeNiceIfTheyGotSomeHelp,Though

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      1. Granted, and the chemistry with JT/St.B will be there, Jt has also reached Pitt and Vaughns however this O is going to need about 8-9 receivers to fully function, and that is considering that the OL will be improved. (Who knows)… The more expected disasters this season will probably come from the secondary. We have some decent guys but the lacking experience and lack of coaching last season leading into this spring is serious

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      2. Really smart observations, gillyking. It would have been nice to pick up some defensive backs via transfer portal. Now, it looks like we’re just gonna have to outscore folks…
        #40PointsPerGameShouldDoIt10Outta12Times

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  4. 1. Can we get a video shot or picture of you when you actually get a quote from a football player?

    2. This quote means absolutely nothing.
    This team doesn’t know sh**. They were fighting each other on the sidelines with ESPN watching. They don’t know a damn thing because they are led by incompetent people. And I’m not saying sears is incapable of playing well. I’m simply saying they are COACHED/TAUGHT by the worst possible men and if you teach a dog to dig through the garbage he’ll keep doing it.

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  5. Imagine the if CH picks Sears for QB, that would mean he picked the wrong QB last year. An insecure person like Helton isn’t going to do that especially given his past behavior of starting pet players.

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  6. ‘O’ line may improve or not, ’cause helton is still the boss
    no running q/b more losses than wins again…
    of course if receivers get wide open in 2 seconds,anything is possible…
    will defense get with it finally??? probably not unless the leopard changes his spots…
    how many injuries will limit spring ball??? fall practices so we go in shorts
    get the picture???

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  7. The new air raid offense sounded pretty good until I started reading more. My first concern is that it’s simple , so the only thing the quarterback has to do is step back and fling the ball. Well a simple offense is easy to defend against. And the offense last year was simplified for JT because he needed an easy path, so how is it better? Next extra speed needs extra timing and USC had a major problem with timing most of last season Finally the card carrying guys flagging the plays in will be out of work if the plays are so simple the quarterback can call the plays at the line of scrimmage.

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