If USC football is going to get back on track this fall, former five-star quarterback JT Daniels could be a big reason why. The Trojans may be without him the rest of the way for tonight’s tough game against Fresno State.
Up 17-10 in the second quarter, Daniels went down hard on a sack by a group of Bulldogs. He grabbed for his right knee after the play.
Daniels was carted off the field. We don’t know the extent of the injury yet, but the early signs certainly aren’t encouraging for the young Trojans signal caller.
Here's where JT Daniels got hurt. Grabbed his right knee immediately when he went down. pic.twitter.com/xWTUCRMONQ
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— Keely Eure (@keelyismyname) September 1, 2019
Daniels played in 11 games for the Trojans as a true freshman last year, dealing with a number of injuries during the course of the year. A concussion cost him the team’s game against Arizona State.
This summer, he won an open quarterback battle to hold on to his starting job. Freshman Kedon Slovis looked to unseat Daniels, but wound up in the QB2 slot. Jack Sears, who played last year when Daniels went down, entered the transfer portal a few days ago, when he finished below those two on the depth chart at the end of camp.
JT Daniels was 25-for-34 for 215 yards, one touchdown, and one interception before the injury.
Slovis is now in the game, and completed his first two passes, but the second was fumbled away by Tyler Vaughns, leading to a Fresno State field goal to cut things to 17-13.
Fresno State emerged as one of the best teams in the Mountain West under Jeff Tedford last season. USC may have an uphill battle holding on to its lead, even with a big talent edge on paper, if Slovis doesn’t impress in his first action.