From what I hear, Graham Harrell likes the versatile Jack Sears an awful lot — but we can expect JT Daniels to start if things don’t change during fall practice.
No, there’s not a controversy. None. Both Sears or Daniels have played well enough in practices so far in the minds of both Harrell and Clay Helton to get the nod. Be clear on that.
However, while Harrell would probably give the slight edge to Sears, Daniels has an advantage that is highly valued and possibly the tipping point in Helton’s mind — and that is his big arm and experience in games, despite how impressive Sears looked losing to ASU, 38-35 last year in the Coliseum.
It’s actually very similar to comparing Aaron Rodgers with Tom Brady or Drew Brees. Who would you choose?
Rodgers has the superior gun and the knack for making the highlight reel crazy throw that burns its way into your brain.
Neither Brady nor Brees have the same insane physical tools as Rodgers, but their teams win big and the players on the Patriots and the Saints seem to revere their QBs in a non-controversial way that eludes Rodgers and the Packers. Think of Sears as Brady or Brees.
USC’s players will certainly play hard for both QBs. But the ever media-savvy Daniels, who is always the workhorse, has never “been one of the dudes” — not like Sears is.
Either could win it outright in the fall. For now, it’s still neck and neck, and Harrell and Helton have a big decision to make down the road.
By the way, the USC players are all “super enthused with Harrell.” And some of the “negativity on the 2018 Trojan team” has disappeared with the departure of the group of Trojan players who have moved on.