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A Way-Too-Early Rumor About Sam Darnold’s NFL Future

According to a report, Sam Darnold could possibly return for a junior and maybe even a senior season.

NCAA Football: Southern California Spring Game Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

His redshirt sophomore season hasn't even started yet and we are already hearing rumors about Sam Darnold’s future.

According to sources, Darnold could possibly return for two more seasons at USC.


The talented signal-caller was a participant in the Elite 11 competition as a high schooler and he returned this year to visit and workout. There was buzz about Darnold's impressive showing in the QB competition at the event. However, when I asked the coaches/staffers what stood out about Darnold, they each mentioned his humility and willingness to learn. He's always asking questions and he doesn't act like he has all of the answers. I also had several sources close to Darnold tell me they wouldn't be surprised if Darnold played two more seasons at USC. As a redshirt sophomore, he can declare for the draft as early as 2018.

Honestly, I have mixed feelings about this: I understand that, as USC fans, it would be exciting to see him return to lead this team for two more seasons.

What if he gets injured, though? Or his play dips? He could potentially lose out on millions.

I am completely aware of it probably being way too early to worry about this, but it’s still interesting to think about, especially given the inherent risk involved with pursuing a career in the NFL.

Would you like to see him (potentially) for two more years or see him try to cash in on some early success in the NFL? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Fight on!