What are the unanswered questions still lingering for USC Football after Spring Camp? The quarterback competition isn’t the only unsettled battle leftover.
As much as Spring Camp answered questions around USC Football in 2018, it left some major ones hanging.
Chief among them: Who will be the Trojans’ starting quarterback following in Sam Darnold’s footsteps?
Since that storyline has been covered thoroughly enough, what are the other five biggest unanswered questions from spring ball?
Who is the third option at WR?
With replacing Darnold and Ronald Jones II at the front of the mind, finding someone to fill Deontay Burnett’s shoes has become a bit of an afterthought. A big part of that is the confidence with which Tyler Vaughns and Michael Pittman have stepped into the top two receiver roles. But neither will technically replace Burnett in the slot.
This spring, Trevon Sidney and Velus Jones Jr. saw run in the slot. Jones Jr. generated explosive plays late in camp, putting in one of the brighter performances when he became a favorite target for Jack Sears during a Saturday scrimmage.
Sidney saw more first team run in the slot, but he was a less active playmaker in that spot. Steady, but unspectacular would be an apt description if not for some issues with drops late in camp.
So which of the two will step in and be the third receiving option? If Spring Camp is anything to go by, Jones Jr. may have a clearer role in the offense. He’s still the receiver the coaches will look to move into the backfield for sweeps and he’s USC’s clearest speed threat downfield.
When Fall Camp comes around, incoming freshman Amon-Ra St. Brown could shake things up