I asked someone within the USC program what freshman stood out in training camp? “No. 14,” they answered.
That confirmed my own thoughts about quarterback Sam Darnold’s impressive ability. USC coach Steve Sarkisian cautioned Tuesday night that Darnold had some “freshman blues” as more of the offense is installed and more thinking is required.
That is normal for any freshman. What is also apparent, however, is that Darnold looks better than Matt Barkley at the same stage and Barkley started as a true freshman. Darnold’s got a stronger arm and moves faster. He also looks poised despite his age.