When Caleb Williams transferred to the USC football program, many were under the impression that backup four star QB Miller Moss would be exiting the Trojan program. Jaxson Dart had already transferred, and typical for 2022, Moss was expected to hit the portal as well.
But Moss is a smart kid. He knew that it would be best to stay with SC, continue that continuity at one campus with one team, and learn under the best QB guru in the sport--regardless of if he gets the chance to start in these next couple of years or not.
After all, Matt Cassel chose to stick around and sit behind Matt Leinart when they were at SC, and STILL ended up getting drafted despite being the full-time backup his entire time with the Trojans. He even went to the Pro Bowl in the NFL, as he took the Kansas City Chiefs to the postseason as their starting quarterback.
During SC's spring game, Moss proved that he obviously made the correct decision to stay. He completed 15 of 20 passes for 169 yards and a 48-yard TD bomb. Clearly, he's been developing already under Riley. Moss may not get the chance to start in his sophomore and junior years, but he can still get better from the bench. He already has proven that.
Miller Moss also proved that he is talented enough to take over when Williams leaves USC football for the draft.
Williams is expected to enter the 2024 NFL Draft, which leaves Miller Moss with the opportunity to start for USC football in the 2024 season. Sure, Malachi Nelson will also be in the QB room then, but Moss will already have two more years of college football experience than him.
The talent gap between Moss and Nelson may not be enough to catapult Nelson over Moss on the depth chart after Moss just spent two years at the program as a backup and one of those years being developed by the best offensive coach in America. Remember, Moss already has quite a bit of talent himself.
The No. 76 player nationally out of high school, Moss was the No. 12 QB in the country and the No. 6 overall player in California (all recruiting ratings and rankings in article are as of 247Sports).
The talent that Moss has should never be forgotten, and in his two opportunities to show it on the field (spring game and Cal game last season), he has flashed it. Many forget that Moss looked no worse than Dart last year when he played. Everyone loves Dart, so there needs to be love shown to Moss as well.