Who is the happiest player at USC today?
You might say the star receivers or the Heisman-hyped quarterback. Maybe one of the returning tailbacks or highly regarded safeties?
But I think it might be QB Matt Fink.
He is the second-string QB on a pass-happy team with a leaky offensive line. Fink might be starting Game 2 this season if USC actually plays Alabama.
A year ago, he had JT Daniels, Jack Sears and Kedon Slovis to compete against and almost went to Illinois.
Now he wonders when he will start, which probably will happen considering Slovis got hurt in four games last season. Fink has no pressure on him. And the coaches will need to give him a lot of leeway.
If Fink does start, it’s unlikely he will be replaced by Vanderbilt walk-on Mo Hasan. Fink’s got a pretty good job. Clay Helton has to support him because he has no other options.
- Here are the quarterbacks at Georgia since 2017: Jacob Eason, Jake Fromm, Justin Fields, Jamie Newman, Brock Vandagriff (No. 1 ranked QB in 2021) and JT Daniels.
Whatever else one thinks, it looks like you need to compete at Georgia.
- Petros Papadakis weighed in on JT Daniels on Thursday: “The thing about Daniels going to UGA is he would have to face real competition and will have to win that job… HONESTLY. This was a QB that was so recruited, Clay Helton nearly built a shrine to him before he was even in the uniform.”
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- USC forward Onyeka Okongwu is a top-five pick in some mock drafts. One day, USC fans are going to wonder why the Trojans weren’t better during his lone season?
And now some history:
- Former USC offensive lineman Otis Page was asked in 1977 the funniest thing ever saw on a football field?
“Watching Coach (John) Robinson get run over when he fell down leading us out of the tunnel at the UCLA game,” Page said. “I really respect him for handling the situation so well, because I’m afraid some day it will happen to me.”
Page aspired to be a stand-up comedian but said he didn’t look funny enough. He was also 6-foot-6, 270 pounds.
“I’d like to be a comedian, but I don’t look funny enough,” Page said. “All the good comedians are funny looking. Like (Jimmie) J.J. Walker, he has a nose like an elbow. I don’t even have a nose. I had to grow this mustache just so you could tell I have a nose.”
Page might be the only USC player who grew up in Maine.
- Steve Sogge was the quarterback of the 1967 USC national championship team. He also played baseball and in 1970 was the catcher for the Class AAA Spokane Indians.
Who else was on the team?
Bobby Valentine, Steve Garvey, Bill Buckner, Tommy Hutton, Tom Paciorek, Davey Lopes, Bill Russell, Geoff Zahn, Charlie Hough and Doyle Alexander. The manager was Tom Lasorda.
The Indians were 94-52.
- I was on a ONTV fan myself, but I would have been happy to subscribe to SelecTV in 1978 to watch USC basketball: Cliff Robinson, Purvis Miller, Don Carfino, Steve Smith, Maurice Williams, Dean Jones, Doug Widfeldt, Barry Brooks, Neil Arnold, Leonel Marquetti, Daryl Smith and George Ratkovich.
This was one of my favorite USC basketball teams: The Trojans upset No. 7-ranked Kansas; played No. 1 Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium, Maryland, Xavier, Houston, Utah in non-conference games.
They also gave had two close losses to No. 4-ranked UCLA and then went to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, losing to DePaul, which advanced to the Final Four and lost to Larry Bird and Indiana State, 76-74.