Kedon Slovis is entering the 2020 campaign as a Heisman candidate. What kind of numbers might the sophomore put up in a shortened season.
Kedon Slovis was a little-known, if somewhat surprising, back up to start the 2019 season.
Things couldn’t be much different for the sophomore who is not only USC’s returning starter, but a player with enormous expectations now resting on his shoulders.
If Slovis plays well enough, he could propel USC to a Pac-12 title. He could even get the Trojans to the playoff. Doing so would likely make him a candidate for national awards like the Heisman Trophy.
The pressure is real.
What kind of production might Kedon Slovis create for USC football in 2020?
For what it’s worth, Slovis has spent the offseason strengthening his body and preparing to take his game up a notch from last year. Avoiding injury is a much bigger concern than doubting his ability to produce.
Slovis averaged 396 yards in the eight games he played to completion in 2019. That’s not counting the Fresno State, Utah and Iowa games, which he either didn’t start or didn’t finish.
If he matches his output in those more-or-less completed games across the 2020 season, he could expect to throw in the area of 2,700 yards.
Considering how he threw four touchdowns in four of USC’s last six contests, he could also hope to approach last year’s TD number of 30.
Those numbers may not be impressive next to the quarterbacks who have been playing for weeks, but they should be enough to keep Slovis in contention.
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The real question is whether he can match productivity with victories. He lost four games he started last year. The Iowa loss was out of his control as he left with injury. However, defeats to BYU and Oregon involved three interceptions each. Slovis will need to keep USC’s loss column empty to truly push for national awards.