Apr 2, 2011; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Jesse Scroggins (15) throws a pass at spring practice at Howard Jones Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

USC Football: Former Trojan QB Jesse Scroggins Signs With Arizona


News hit Twitter on Wednesday that former Trojan QB Jesse Scroggins has returned to FBS football, having signed with the Arizona Wildcats.

Scroggins moved down to the junior college level last June, spending a year playing at El Camino. Back in June, we wrote that Scroggins could benefit from the JuCo system, where he would be able to develop his skills and build the confidence to make it at the FBS level, much like Cam Newton and others have done.

It would seem that Rich Rodriguez and the Wildcats believe he is ready for that transition.

Arizona is a much better fit for Scroggins that USC was; the Wildcats run a spread offense where he would be able to show off his arm strength and mobility. At USC, he was lost in the depth chart, sandwiched between Matt Barkley and redshirt freshman QBs Max Wittek and Cody Kessler, quarterbacks that fit the ‘SC mold. He also struggled with academia at USC, missing the 2012 spring ball so that he could get his grades up. At Arizona, he should be able to balance his performance on the field with that in the classroom, making it a better academic fit as well.

He still has three years of FBS eligibility left, so we could be seeing much of Scroggins as he goes about establishing his career in Arizona.

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