USC will name starting QB two weeks before season opener

Many teams have yet to name their starting quarterback for this season, but at this point USC has released a specific timeline as to when they will decide on their signal caller.

During the spring, neither Max Browne nor Sam Darnold had the starting position totally on lock. The two QBs will compete for the spot in summer camp during August. As of now, Browne is considered the favorite to be chosen as the starter.

At Thursday’s Pac-12 Media Days, USC head coach Clay Helton stated that he will indeed name a starter after the Trojans reach a total of 18 camp practices. At this point, the team will be just a couple of weeks away from the Sept. 23 opening game against the Alabama Crimson Tide, who are also defending national champions this season.

Helton believes that the timeline gives the team a comfortable amount of time to make a wise decision.

“I think it’ll be sufficient time to name a starting quarterback” Helton said.

For the past two seasons, the redshirt junior Browne has thrown for 143 yards, completing 11-of-19 of his passes. Darkhorse candidate Darnold was a four-star dual threat QB who redshirted as a true freshman last season.

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