JT Daniels wins USC football starting QB job, social media reacts

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When USC football named JT Daniels the winner of the quarterback competition, social media marveled at the true freshman’s rise to the starting job.

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Sunday opened a new era for USC football: The JT Daniels Era.

The true freshman quarterback was named the Trojans’ starting quarterback to begin UNLV game week, ending a three-week battle between Daniels, Matt Fink and Jack Sears.

Naturally, Twitter had many things to say about Clay Helton’s decision, from congratulations by teammates to media fun facts and fan excitement.

Here’s a look at the best of the Twitter reaction:

A couple of guys who will be hoping to catch a bunch of passes from the new starter, tight end Tyler Petite and receiver Michael Pittman, were among the first to chime in.

Fellow Mater Dei alum and freshman starter Matt Barkley also extended his congratulations to Daniels.

Per usual, the media had all sorts of tidbits and info to share on the subject of Daniels.

(That’s John David Booty, for the record)

And of course, fans also got in on the social media action celebrating the quarterback decision.


Daniels now takes on the task of guiding a USC team which will be competing to defend their Pac-12 title from 2017.

The first step in that journey comes on Saturday when the Trojans will take on UNLV at the Coliseum. From there, the freshman will face a gauntlet, battling Stanford on the road before another massive road test against Texas.

There will be no time to breath after that, with a Friday night date with Washington State in Los Angeles. The next week the Trojans will go back on the road for their Pac-12 South opener against Khalil Tate’s Arizona.

If Daniels and the Trojans successfully navigate that stretch, the quarterback could be the latest in a line of young quarterbacks who proved age is no longer a barrier to success in college football.