USC Morning Buzz: A Last Look At The Quarterback Competition

BROWNE.SCRIMMAGEThe great USC quarterback debate finally got settled as Max Browne will start against Alabama. In my analysis, I argue that Browne is a good quarterback but if USC wanted a game-changer to shake the program out of its on-going doldrums, the choice was Sam Darnold.

Excerpt: “You know who might be happiest about the decision after Browne? Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, who no longer needs to worry about facing a quarterback who can run through his defense.

“Browne deserves his chance as a loyal servant to the program. But USC also needs something to escape the underachievement and circus-like antics dating back to Pete Carroll’s final season in 2009.

“And the quarterback to do that was freshman Sam Darnold. He is a game-changer, a pro-style quarterback who moves like a run-and-shoot quarterback.”

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Sam Darnold Might See The Field

DARNOLD.FALL.PRACTICEHere’s Clay Helton talking about using Sam Darnold for certain situations, such as having the quarterback run with the ball.

“Though we will not rotate quarterbacks, we do envision using Sam’s unique athletic skill set for special situations throughout games this season,” Helton said.

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Max Browne Named Starting QB

BROWNEAs expected, Clay Helton named Max Browne the starting quarterback this afternoon. This is the safe choice. It eliminates idea of Browne transferring. Is it the best move? I think Browne is a great guy. I also think Sam Darnold is special.

Clay Helton: “At this point, we feel that it is in the best interest of our team to lean on the veteran experience Max Browne has.”

Max Browne: “I was thrilled when Coach Helton gave me the news. It was a moment of realization that hard work and staying the course paid off for me.”

Sam Darnold:   “I was disappointed in the outcome but confident in Coach Helton’s decision. I have no desire to leave USC, this is the place for me.”

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AP Top 25 Poll Also Coming

USC will be ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, which will be released tomorrow. I am a voter in the poll again. Here’s an interesting fact: The last time an AP preseason No. 1 team finished No. 1 was USC in 2004.

I wonder what Lynn Swann would have said in the above picture if someone told him he would be USC athletic director in 2016.

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USC Morning Buzz: QB D-Day

BROWNE.SCRIMMAGEClay Helton is expected to name Max Browne the starting quarterback today. Here’s my analysis on the drama:

“By the afternoon, (Helton) is expected to name Browne the starting quarterback. It is the politically expedient decision. Browne is a fourth-year junior and could transfer to another school Monday if he is not named the starter.

“That is the dilemma of the USC quarterback position. There is nothing wrong with Max Browne. Except that Sam Darnold is special.”

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USC Closing In On Olympic Record

With Canada winning a bronze medal in the 4×100 relay, it meant two medals for former USC sprinters Andre De Grasse and Aaron Brown. Allyson Felix won another relay gold (what else does she win?), which means the track program has won 8 medals.

If Felix wins a medal as expected in the 4×400 relay, it would mean record 9 Olympic medals for the USC track program. That’s an accomplishment when you consider track’s storied history. USC track won five gold medals alone at the 1948 Olympics. You can debate the merit of Felix’s medals since she never actually competed. I’ve already weighed in on that before.

USC has won 17 medals at the Rio Olympics so far.

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