QB Kedon Slovis sets multiple records in freshman season with USC

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USC quarterback Kedon Slovis finished out his outstanding freshman campaign by breaking NCAA, Pac-12 and USC records.

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Is Kedon Slovis the greatest freshman quarterback in USC history? The record books sure think so.

The Trojan passer wasn’t able to finish the final game of his first season, leaving the Holiday Bowl loss to Iowa with a strained elbow, but that didn’t stop him from locking in a number of records.

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On Twitter, USC credited Slovis with logging the highest completion percentage by a freshman in NCAA history, but it goes beyond that.

Slovis’ completion percentage of 71.9 is the highest in USC history in a season, besting Cody Kessler’s mark of 69.7 percent in 2014. It’s also the best in Pac-12 single-season history (with a minimum of 300 attempts) which was previously set by Stanford’s Andrew Luck in 2011.

But wait, there’s more.

Slovis is now also the owner of USC’s single-season record for passing efficiency with a passer rating of 167.6. That’s just a few points ahead of Kessler, the prior record-holder at 167.1.

The young quarterback got off to an unexpectedly great start to his Trojan career, first outperforming veteran QBs in the offseason to secure the backup job going into the season.

After completing 6-of-8 passes but tossing an interception in replacement of the injured JT Daniels in Week 1, the true freshman got his first start against Stanford at the Coliseum. He lit up the Cardinal with 377 yards and three touchdowns on 84.8 percent passing, logging a passer rating of 210.81.

Though he had a rocky outing against BYU and missed the Utah and Washington games with a concussion, he proved his worth with strong performances against Notre Dame, Arizona and Colorado. A three-interception outing against Oregon was an outlier before he blew the doors off of USC’s final three opponents, posting a passer rating of 196.12 against ASU, 218.02 against Cal and 198.85 against UCLA.

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He was well on his way to another outstanding showing in the Holiday Bowl, completing 22-of-30 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns before being knocked out of the game.

The record books will also add Slovis’ name next to Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart as the record holders for most consecutive 300-yard passing games. The trio each had three, Palmer in 2002 and Leinart in 2005.

Of course, Slovis owns an even more impressive mark over those two. He threw for over 400 yards in each his three consecutive games. His next 400-yard passing game will tie him with Matt Barkley for the Trojan career record.

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