In Friday’s post practice presser USC Trojans head coach Clay Helton announced that he will publicly name the starting quarterback on Saturday after he has had a chance to speak with Max Browne and Sam Darnold as well as their families. Originally Helton had planned to release the name of the starter on Sunday along with a two-deep depth chart.
Helton was pleased after Friday’s scrimmage to get one last look at several players in order to compile his two-deep depth chart. The offense had a great day according to Helton and he was sure to make sure both Max Browne and Sam Darnold received the same amount of reps with the first team offense.
Helton also does not want to rotate quarterbacks citing Max Browne and Cody Kessler’s rotating as the starter several years ago. He pointed out that it is difficult for a quarterback and the offense to get into a rhythm when they swap quarterback. Helton also does not want to put the added pressure have having the starting quarterback looking over the shoulder all season.
Helton also did not believe he would be at this point in deciding a quarterback. He credited Sam Darnold for performing so well that naming Max Browne the starter was no longer a foregone conclusion but rather a full quarterback competition that lasted throughout the off season.
Coach Helton took the input from all the coaches but ultimately he said that he is going to make the best decision for this football team.
You can check out the full presser from Friday after practice right here:
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