USC Football’s depth chart is clearer than ever after Spring Camp settled positional questions, but unsolved battles still remain.
Head coach Clay Helton stressed that the 15 practices of Spring Camp were more about education and development than competition. That’s why no depth chart would be released until Fall Camp.
But that doesn’t mean camp didn’t hold plenty of answers and clues as to how the Trojan depth chart will eventually take shape.
Here’s a look at how the lineup breaks down after Spring Camp:
Projected Starter: JT Daniels, Fr.
It felt bold to predict Daniels as the next starting quarterback at USC shortly after Signing Day and before he’d had a chance to step on campus. It feels just a little less bold now. Though the true freshman still has a hill to crest, it’s certainly not an Everest-level climb to the top after the Trojans’ two other quarterbacks, Jack Sears and Matt Fink, left something to be desired during Spring Camp.
Backup: Jack Sears, RS-Fr.
It’s even less clear after 15 Spring Camp practices which quarterback holds an edge. Before spring, Sears was the third man. Now he’s second, but that’s tenuous at best. Sears reached greater heights than Fink this spring. He delivered some exceptional passes and generated some wow plays while impressing coaches with his sense for pulling it down and using his legs. For what it’s worth, that may be enough to pass Fink despite a worrying number of turnovers.
Reserve: Matt Fink, RS-So.
If Fink is behind Sears at this point, it’s not by much. He gets demoted in these projections for one reason: turnovers. He’s certainly more efficient than Sears and more prone to take what’s in front of him. Those are valuable skills which should have kept him ahead, but he also displayed a penchant for giving the ball away this spring. Some of it was decision-making. Some just bad throws. Either way, it’s a red flag.