Five things to watch for as USC football starts Fall Camp

Jul 30, 2018, 8:46 AM PDT
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Position battles at quarterback and left tackle highlight the big storylines to watch as USC football begins Fall Camp ahead of the 2018 season.

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USC football’s Fall Camp practices begin at the end of the week, with the 2018 season fast approaching.

Unfortunately, Trojan fans won’t be able to watch Fall Camp goings on themselves. USC won’t be letting the public view practice during the August dead period.

While waiting for the season to begin, there are still camp storylines to keep minds occupied, if not eyes.

Without further ado, here’s five things to watch for when USC football begins Fall Camp…

Who will win the quarterback battle?

It’s the obvious pick, but it can’t be denied, USC’s quarterback battle will be the thing to keep an eye on this Fall Camp.

Redshirt sophomore Matt Fink and redshirt freshman Jack Sears already got a head start on the competition, going head-to-head in Spring Camp. But neither separated from the other and both had enough struggles to keep the door open for true freshman JT Daniels.

Daniels arrived at USC this summer, having graduated from Mater Dei a year ahead of schedule, with the expectations that inevitably follow a five-star quarterback phenom.

The questions around all three quarterbacks loom large and Fall Camp will have to provide at least some answers:

Will Fink’s experience elevate him over his younger competitors? Will Sears’ big arm and mobility give USC’s coaches visions of Sam Darnold-style greatness? Will Daniels live up to the hype and take camp by storm with his exceptional football IQ?

The Trojans have as many as four weeks to find out, before the season opener forces Clay Helton and company to make a decision before September begins.