USC QB Woes Could Help Utah Break 103 Year Streak Of Losing At Coliseum

Sep 4, 2019, 12:25 PM | Updated: 12:34 pm
JT Daniels #18 of the USC Trojans in crutches, celebrates a 31-23 win over Fresno State Bulldogs at...
JT Daniels #18 of the USC Trojans in crutches, celebrates a 31-23 win over Fresno State Bulldogs at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on August 31, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Beating USC can go a long way when a team is trying to win the Pac-12 South like the Utah football team is. It may have just gotten easier after the Trojans lost their starting quarterback.

JT Daniels tore his ACL during the final minute of the opening half of the Trojans’ opening game against Fresno State.

Utah takes on USC on September 20 in a Friday night matchup at the LA Memorial Coliseum, a venue Utah has not won at in 103 years.

Daniels was a highly touted prospect coming out of Mater Dei High School. A school known for its uncanny ability to produce some of the best quarterbacks to ever play college football. He was a five-star recruit that could have gone wherever he wanted.

Last season, during his freshman campaign, Daniels struggled, completing just 59.5 percent of his passes while throwing for 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

The abrupt ending to his much anticipated sophomore season will likely have an impact on the Utes’ Pac-12 hopes.

Not only could the injury to Daniels derail USC’s entire season. It could also indicate the beginning of the end to USC head coach Clay Helton’s career in LA.

Next Trojan Up

When Daniels went down, true freshman Kedon Slovis made his debut in the Trojan gold and cardinal. Slovis went 6-8 for 57 yards and one interception for a quarterback rating of just 21.3. Slovis struggled, looked uncomfortable and seemed overwhelmed.

Slovis was a three-star prospect out of Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, Arizona. His only other power five offer outside of USC was Oregon State, with his remaining offers coming from Hawaii, N.C. State, New Mexico State, San Jose State, SMU and UC Davis. A strange offer list to say the least.

The other quarterback on the USC roster is Matt Fink, a redshirt Junior who has struggled to find the field over his three-year career at SC. Fink has played in seven games where he has completed 13-18 passes for 89 yards and one touchdown while carrying the ball 14 times for 106 yards and one touchdown.

Fink’s offer list as a prospect coming out of high school is more impressive than Slovis. He received offers from the likes of Washington, Washington State and Notre Dame.

On August 27, former four-star quarterback out of San Clemente High School, Jack Sears, released a statement on Twitter signifying his intentions to enter the transfer portal. Sears saw action against Arizona last year where he completed 20-28 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns.

People close to the USC program thought Sears would be the back up to Daniels entering the 2019 season.

Sears stated that he “told Coach Helton that I am available if the team needs me.” However, his reasoning to enter the portal was a direct result of his plummet down the depth chart at USC. It seems as though, despite the Daniels season-ending injury, Sears will continue to look elsewhere to further pursue his collegiate career.

USC In Trouble

If Utah is going to break their 103-year curse at the Coliseum, it seems as though the opportunity this year will be as good as it has ever been.

Granted, we are still three weeks away from kick-off and a lot can change in a week as USC has found out the hard way. As it stands currently, Utah is healthy and USC is in disarray.

In the meantime, Utah will face Northern Illinois and Idaho State at home. USC plays Stanford at home and then travels to Provo to take on the BYU Cougars.

  • Utah Utes Scoreboard

  • Utah Utes Team Leaders

  • Utah Utes Standings

Utah Utes

Micah Bernard - Utah Utes...
Eric Jensen

Micah Bernard Looks Forward To Depth In Utah Running Back Room

Micah Bernard is ecstatic about the running back depth in the Utah backfield this season.
1 day ago
Solomon Enis - Utah Utes - SDSU Aztecs...
Michelle Bodkin

Bumphis, Utah Receivers Growing Together

Second-year wide receivers coach Chad Bumphis is out to change that perception, and by all accounts, his group is every bit as motivated as he is while they grow together
1 day ago
Braeden Daniels - Utah Utes vs. Oregon State Beavers...
KSL Sports

60 in 60: #13 Utah’s Braeden Daniels (Offensive Line)

Throughout the summer Hans & Scotty are counting down the top 60 college football players in the state of Utah as voted on by the media (and a fan ballot).
1 day ago
Tavion Thomas - Utah Utes - Oregon Ducks - Pac-12 Championship Game...
Eric Jensen

Utah Has Three Players Ranked In ESPN Preseason Metrics

Several players from the University of Utah are included in Todd McShay's ESPN pre-season draft ratings and a piece detailing the top 100 players in the country.
1 day ago
Kyle Whittingham - Rose Bowl Press Conference...
Michelle Bodkin

Whittingham Earns Bonus For Preseason AP Poll Appearance

First reported by John Canzano, Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham has collected a $15,000 bonus this week after the Utes came in at #7 in AP Poll's Preseason Top 25.
1 day ago
Clark Phillips - Utah Utes...
Michelle Bodkin

Phillips III, Utah Defense Working Hard To Be Better

For a guy as competitive and football-savvy as Clark Phillips III, the offense's emergence is just a challenge to crank up the defense another notch.
1 day ago
USC QB Woes Could Help Utah Break 103 Year Streak Of Losing At Coliseum