The University of Southern California had envisioned better Quarterback play the day they signed Lincoln Riley to become their new Head Coach in November of 2021. Surprisingly to no one, USC has earned the reputation of having the best QB room in the country.
According to ESPN’s Senior Writer Adam Rittenberg - the USC Trojans have earned the #1 spot.
Riley has become a living legend and a Quarterback whisperer in recent years. During his time in Norman, Oklahoma, he managed to coach two Heisman-Trophy-winning QBs Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. A potential third (Jalen Hurts) finished second in voting to LSU’s QB Joe Burrow.
One year into his USC tenure, he helped guide transfer Quarterback Caleb Williams into a Heisman Trophy and looks to be only the second two-time winner of that award in history. However, the QB room needs to be comprised of more than just the starter.
"USC is well stocked behind him, especially after signing Malachi Nelson, ESPN's No. 1 overall recruit in the 2023 class. Nelson could compete with Miller Moss, who returns for his second year in Riley's offense and third overall at USC. Moss was ESPN's No. 39 overall recruit in the 2021 class. If he stays for 2024, he will have the experience edge over Nelson. But both are good options in the post-Williams era. The Big Ten will represent an adjustment for USC, but Riley's long-term success with quarterbacks puts the Trojans on top. "- Adam Rittenberg, ESPN
It's safe to say the Trojans are in an excellent spot with the most important position in all of sports.