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A Pair Of Takes: Breaking Down USC's QB Room

February 17, 2021
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Marc Kulkin

The State of USC's 2021 Quarterback Position is strong.  Kedon Slovis will be returning to start his super-sophomore-junior campaign, resulting from the NCAA's one-time extra year of the eligibility decision.  Slovis was coming back.  Regardless of his class-level, Slovis will be a 3-year starter, and he'll be near the top of every post-season awards watchlist.  

So, if Slovis can regain some of the freshman form that had him burst onto the scene, AND stay healthy, USC's offense will have a chance to put up prolific passing numbers once again.

Some may have viewed last season as the sophomore slump year for Slovis due to the offense's inconsistency, and at times, what appeared to be Kedon's indecision making.   But Slovis did lead the Pac-12 with 320 yards per game, 17 touchdowns, and a 67% completion.   

It wouldn't be fair to be put all of the blame on Slovis; however, two years in a row when the most crucial game was being played, Kedon struggled.  The skill level and composure to lead the Trojans aren't in question.  But if there is a question with his game, it's about durability.--This leads us to the "next man up" in case duty calls.

Anticipate "super" (RS) senior Matt Fink being the backup in 2021, with Fink and 2020 grad-transfer Mo Hasan, showing the freshmen-duo of Miller Moss and Jaxson Dart the ropes as they get acclimated as spring ball approaches.  Can either one of Dart or Moss, two of the most sought-after QB's in the 2021 class, push Slovis or Fink for the starters role?  For those who suffer from short-term memory loss, 2019 and JT Daniels send their regards.  

For now, the plan is to have the Trojans open spring camp at the beginning of April.  But how many reps will the new kids on the block, or the veterans like Fink and Hasan get while the offensive line is going through their learning curve could determine who the backup will be this summer and into fall camp?

Josh An

Starter: Kedon Slovis

No surprise here, the starter for USC in the 2021 season will be Kedon Slovis. The signal caller from Arizona wasn’t quite as electric in 2020 as he was in 2019, but he’s still the best quarterback in the Pac-12 and I’d expect him to have another big year, especially if the Trojan coaching staff can get the running game going next year.

Back-Up: Matt Fink

We weren’t sure if Fink would be back, but all signs point to him returning to Troy for another season. He and Slovis are the most experienced in Graham Harrell’s system, and Fink has always been solid when called upon. He’s a great teammate, leader, and really everything you want in a back-up QB.   

3rd String: Miller Moss / Jaxson Dart / Mo Hasan

After Slovis and Fink, things get a little more complicated in the quarterback room. Both of USC’s 2021 signees are already on campus getting their feet wet in college, and the veteran Hasan had compartment syndrome surgery back in November. The reps for this trio will be very tough to come by for this trio as the season goes on, so it’s going to be interesting who ultimately “wins” the third spot or unseats Matt Fink for the back-up position.

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