QB Matt Fink announces decision to remain with USC football

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Quarterback Matt Fink, who had announced his desire to transfer after Spring Camp, is coming back to USC football after weighing his options.

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It’s been a week for homecomings at USC football and the returns continued with quarterback Matt Fink, who announced his decision to remain with the Trojans after mulling a transfer.

Fink competed well in Spring Camp, but shortly after its completion he took steps towards seeking a transfer in pursuit of playing time elsewhere.

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Throughout he kept the door open for a change of heart, and that seems to be what happened. While he reportedly committed to Illinois at one point, he clarified that no such commitment was in play shortly after.

“Thank you to all the coaches that have reached out to me and gave me an opportunity to continue my career elsewhere, but after a long month of soul searching, I have decided that my football future will continue here at USC with this special ‘Band of Brothers.’ #FightOnForever,” Fink wrote in a post on Instagram featuring pictures of him as a child in a USC jersey and more images of him playing for the Trojans.

Fink was a backup to JT Daniels in 2018. He stepped in briefly for the starter against Stanford, but had his brightest moment as an injury sub against Utah. He went 6-of-7 for 43 yards and a touchdown, while also gaining 21 yards on four carries.

Unfortunately, one of those runs resulted in him suffering broken ribs and he was sidelined for the remainder of the year. Jack Sears got the start against Arizona State while Daniels was out with a a concussion as a result.

The positive cameo appearance gave some hope that he could contend for the starting job this Spring Camp and he was very much in the mix along with Daniels and Sears.

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Though he lacks the arm talent of Daniels and Sears, he was more consistent than either throughout the 15 practices and moved the new Air Raid offense with urgency.

Offensive coordinator Graham Harrell praised his fiery personality, but warned that wild swings of emotion could also work against him in the quarterback battle.

Since USC never named a starting quarterback after camp, Fink will return to compete once more with Daniels, Sears and freshman Kedon Slovis. So long as the job is open, he will have a chance to take it.