The USC Trojans are expected to name their new starting quarterback not long after the upcoming spring game, according to what coach Clay Helton said in a statement.
“I’m going to let it go through the spring game and then make a decision,” Helton said. “Just being honest, I don’t think there’s a huge gap between the quarterbacks. I want to take it to the spring game, that atmosphere, and see how the guys react.”
USC’s quarterback race is between two players, former five-star prospect Max Browne and redshirt freshman Sam Darnold. One of these two will be the heir to Cody Kessler, who completed 67 percent of his passes for 3,536 yards and 27 touchdowns his senior season, so the shoes that are to be filled are quite big.
And the spring game could very well be the tipping point of the competition. Browne is a redshirt junior who performed well enough as Kessler’s backup the past two seasons, but Darnold is a dual-threat quarterback who could diversify the Trojans’ offense just enough to set himself apart from the rest of the competition.
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