As USC Wraps up Spring Practice, no QB in Lead

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The spring football practice season wrapped up for the USC Trojans this weekend with no clear-cut favorite to take over the position of quarterback vacated by Sam Darnold. Dueling quarterbacks Jack Sears and Matt Fink spent the spring training season duking it out for top spot and the battle culminated on Saturday's last spring practice in front of a few hundred fans. In addition to the two veteran quarterback prospects, incoming freshman J.T. Daniels is also considered to be a contender for the coveted position leading the Trojans the fall. Daniels is currently still a student Orange County's Mater Dei High School and plans to graduate one year early so that he can get started on his career at USC.

After leading his Mater Dei team to a 15-0 record last year, Daniels solidified his position as one of the country's top high school quarterback prospects. Although as a recruit, Daniels could not officially participate in the Trojans' spring training, he made it a point to attend as many of the practices as possible, in an effort to learn the system and get to know his future teammates and coaching staff. Daniels plans to enroll in summer classes so that he will be eligible to participate in all of the summer training programs led by the players.

The addition of Daniels to the summer practice program will create a heated three-man competition leading into the August training camp. As Darnold's former backup, many see Sears as the top contender for the spot. Coach Clay Helton has avoided ranking the athletes vying for the position, saying that he does not intend to name the starter until fall camp gets underway and he can see where everybody lands on the depth chart. As a probable first-round NFL draft pick, Darnold is leaving some big shoes to fill on the USC campus and it will be interesting to see who steps up to fill them.