Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse for the USC football team, they did.
The Trojans are likely to be without their top two quarterbacks in freshman JT Daniels and redshirt sophomore Matt Fink when USC hosts Arizona State Saturday at the Coliseum.
Two of USC’s three scholarship QBs are now injured. JT Daniels is in concussion protocol and backup Matt Fink sustained three fractured ribs in the loss at Utah.— Joey Kaufman (@joeyrkaufman) October 22, 2018
Daniels went into concussion protocol after he took a hit late in the third quarter on a play that ended in him throwin an interception. In came Fink and then he suffered three broken ribs after scrambling for a first down in the fourth.
This looks like the play where Matt Fink broke three of his ribs: pic.twitter.com/47fyYPr41w— Joey Kaufman (@joeyrkaufman) October 22, 2018
With Fink out and Daniels unlikely to suit up, the Trojans are going to have to rely on redshirt freshman Jack Sears to lead them to victory. The former San Clemente product has yet to hit the field for the Cardinal and Gold after missing all of last year in his redshirt season.
Sears did however prove his ability to throw the football and lead a team down the field during his final two years at San Clemente, recording 5,299 yars and 74 touchdowns through the air.
He’ll go up against a Sun Devils defense that is only allowing 223.9 passing yards per game and is managed by a former college and NFL cornerback in coach Herm Edwards. It’s a tough task for a player making his first career college start but Trojans fans are hoping Sears can recoil some of the magic from the last quarterback to come out of San Clemente in Sam Darnold.