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14 Sam Darnold QB

USC Trojans

Key Stats

Draft Prospect Outlook:

More often than not, he plays well beyond his years mentally when reading coverages and when making anticipation throws at all levels of the field. Arm strength is fine. Good scrambling ability. and even better throw-on-the-run-skills. Footwork is sporadic. Accuracy is mainly spot-on. Effective eluding pressure but gets antsy when blocking is leaky. Owns awkward, elongated release.

College Recap:

Darnold, a former 247Sports Composite four-star recruit that was overlooked in the recruiting process, took USC and college football by storm as redshirt sophomore, leading the Trojans to nine consecutive wins and a comeback in the Rose Bowl. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound QB took over for Max Browne after a 1-2 start, going 9-1 down the stretch thanks to his athleticism and creativity. He became a Heisman favorite, finishing with 3,086 yards and 31 TDs. Darnold was named the Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year, won the Archie Griffin Award and touted as the No. 1 overall NFL Draft pick for 2018.

But the 2017 season wasn’t the Heisman-worthy year many had pegged for Darnold in the preseason. He struggled behind a new offensive line and young WRs to go with his worsening turnover issues. His 22 total turnovers were as many as 101 FBS teams. But he still led the Trojans to their first Pac-12 title since 2008, named first team All-Pac-12 and became the first USC QB to throw for more than 4,000 yards (4,143 yards, 26 TDs). - Chris Trevino,

Game Log
09/02WMICHW 49-31332369.72898.8025-6-1.21
09/09STNFRDW 42-24262180.831612.242242.00
09/16TEXASW 27-24492857.13978.1326-12-2.00
09/23@CALW 30-20382668.42235.9212147.00
09/29@WASHSTL 27-30291551.71645.7019252.82
10/07OREGSTW 38-10352365.73169.0314-18-4.50
10/14UTAHW 28-27502754.03587.2306152.50
10/21@NDL 14-49282071.42298.221970.80
10/28@ARIZSTW 48-17351954.32667.6304194.80
11/04ARIZW 49-35262076.931112.0215102.00
11/11@COLOW 38-24342161.83299.72033110.31
11/18UCLAW 28-23281760.72649.4015102.01
12/01STNFRDW 31-28241770.832513.520410.30
12/29@OHIOSTL 7-24452657.83567.90111-18-1.60
Passing Stats
2016-17Southern California1336624630860316161.1
2017-18Southern California144803034143132629148.1
TOTAL 27846549722905735153.7
2016-17Southern California13622502
2017-18Southern California1475825
TOTAL 271373327
2016-17Southern California1395
2017-18Southern California14129
TOTAL 272114

Player Info

Dana Point, CA, USA
USC Trojans