Kedon Slovis is a few months removed from shoulder surgery. The fact he was able to throw at USC Pro Day is a huge relief going into Spring Camp.
Since it happened on the last play of the 2020 season, the shoulder injury Kedon Slovis suffered in the Pac-12 title game didn't get as much attention as it could have.
It's similar to the elbow injury that knocked Slovis out of the 2019 Holiday Bowl. Out of sight, out of mind.
Of course, it wasn't out of mind when Slovis turned up in 2020 with his velocity seemingly impacted.
USC had all sorts of minor excuses for why Slovis' spiral seemed out of whack. It was wet. It was dry. It was windy. Whatever it was, it didn't look right.
This time around, there should be more anxiety about Slovis spending another offseason mending an injury.
It's not exactly the same though, something that should give USC football fans some confidence. This time, Slovis will be able to go through a proper offseason.
He was far enough along in his recovery to take the field at the USC Pro Day and sling passes for his NFL hopeful wide receivers.
NFL Network broadcast the event, showing Slovis hitting most of his targets just fine. He had a few underthrow passes, but that's not a huge red flag at this point.
It wasn't a huge sample size and those weren't live bullets, but it was enough to show that Slovis can get the ball out just fine. He wouldn't have thrown for Amon-Ra St. Brown and Tyler Vaughns if he couldn't. Too many NFL scouts were there watching to take a risk.
And it's only March.
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Last year at this time, USC was packing up their equipment at the start of the longest offseason ever. This year the Trojans should be able to get in all 15 Spring Camp practices, summer player-run practices and a complete Fall Camp. Don't underestimate the value of that for the quarterback.
This is a big year for Slovis. If all goes well, he'll be throwing at the USC Pro Day for real. Getting the arm right is the key for his pro prospects and the Trojans' season.