Will all the attention on the quarterback Sam Darnold, the USC Trojans have another offensive player who could become a threat this upcoming season. Tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe has made the preseason Mackey watchlist, which recognizes the most outstanding tight end.
Last season Imatorbhebhe was not starter but was still able to haul in 17 receptions for 250 yards and 4 touchdowns. One of those coming late in the game against ranked opponent Washington. The last Trojan who won this award was Fred Davis. In his freshman year, Fred Davis only had 4 receptions for 30 yards and no touchdowns.
Imatorbhebhe was originally a receiver in highschool that changed once he came to college. His speed, size, and skills with his hands make him a threat off the line or even lined up wide. After playing with Sam Darnold on the scout team, they developed a chemistry together which should benefit both in the upcoming season.
From the LA Times:
"I don't question Sam anymore,” Imatorbhebhe said. “I know he's going to put it where only I can get it. And so my job is just to catch it. He can make pretty much every throw on the field. It's on me if I'm not there. If it's a bad throw, it means I'm out of position."
Imatorbhebhe proved last season that he was a threat, even with a limited amount of minutes. With the graduation of senior tight end Taylor McNamara, Imatorbhebhe should be a major contributor this season.