JT Daniels named starting quarterback for Fresno State game

first_imgSophomore quarterback JT Daniels looks to throw in last season’s finale against Notre Dame. (Tal Volk/Daily Trojan) “We were very surprised with Kedon coming out of the spring, very impressed,” Helton said. “We went through this camp and another 15 practices to see if it wasn’t just spring. He did it again.” Fink returns for his fourth season at USC after nearly leaving the program. He entered the transfer portal in April after it was reported that he was discouraged with his starting prospects following a meeting with Helton.  After a 2018 season in which Daniels led the Trojans to a paltry 5-7 record, Helton made it clear that the starting job was not simply handed to the young quarterback.  Daniels’ first year behind center was inconsistent but showcased his raw talent. As a freshman, he threw for 2,672 yards and 14 touchdowns in 11 games while offering occasional flashes of brilliance.  Daniels returns to the starting job as one of USC’s most scrutinized players. After being named the 2017 Gatorade National Player of the Year as a junior at perennial power Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Daniels left high school a year early and was named the Trojans’ starting signal-caller a week before the team’s 2018 season opener.  This year, the sophomore got the nod from Helton marginally earlier, just two weeks before USC’s first game. According to Helton and offensive coordinator Graham Harrell, Daniels put forth the most consistent performance throughout fall camp.  Sears is returning for his third year as a Trojan. He started one game last season after Daniels and Fink were sidelined with a concussion and broken ribs, respectively.  “We came into the process and said it’s not going to be about age or who’s been on the field,” Helton said. “It’s going to be about how people play and how people compete on a day-to-day basis and execute the offense and how they do it consistently. JT did that.” Sophomore quarterback JT Daniels will be USC football’s starting quarterback Saturday against Fresno State, head coach Clay Helton announced Aug. 20. The decision, long awaited but not unexpected, came after months of competition. After facing many critics as the battle for the starting job carried on for weeks, reporters asked Daniels whether or not he felt he finally had an opportunity to prove his detractors wrong. “Having Kedon in there everyday, having Fink play great [and] having Sears play great definitely pushes you to make sure you’re on yourself,” Daniels said. “I’ve made a big emphasis on pocket movement and just pocket mobility in general,” Daniels said. “I’d definitely say that was a big focus. Just moving through progressions faster [and] a big emphasis on taking no sacks.” Slovis was an unheralded three-star recruit out of Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, Ariz. The freshman enrolled early at USC last semester to participate in spring practices. Since arriving, Slovis’s ability to make tough throws has made a lasting impression on the coaching staff.  “Kedon’s a special talent. Talent-wise, he’s as good as I’ve ever seen,” Harrell said. “Kedon can make some throws that other people can’t make.” USC’s quarterback competition began in the spring and extended over 30 practices. The coaching staff remained committed to a democratic process throughout fall camp. All four quarterbacks received an equal amount of reps at practice and split time between the first- and second-team offenses.  Fink’s father told the Los Angeles Times in May that his son would be transferring to the University of Illinois. Fink quickly shut down his father’s claim and announced in June that he would remain with the Trojans.  Daniels is a prototypical pocket passer with the ability to put touch on the ball and fit it into tight windows. Still, the young quarterback is not resting on his laurels.  Over the course of seven games played in relief of either Sam Darnold or Daniels, Fink completed 72% of his passes and rushed for 106 yards. The veteran is accurate on short to intermediate routes and possesses underrated athleticism. Sears performed admirably in the only start of his career, completing 20 of 28 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns in a narrow loss to Arizona State.  According to Daniels, the competition brought out the best in himself and the rest of the team. While many fans speculated that Daniels would ultimately earn the starting job, the announcement of freshman Kedon Slovis as his backup was unexpected.  Redshirt junior Matt Fink and redshirt sophomore Jack Sears round out the rest of the depth chart behind Slovis at three and four.  “I’m not excited to go out there to prove them wrong,” Daniels said. “I’m just excited to play football.” Daniels and the Trojans will get the opportunity to do just that when they kick off against Fresno State Saturday at 7:30 p.m.last_img read more

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Crusader preview: Wellington boys lack depth but have experience in the starting lineup

first_imgActivityTimeOpponent Location Game7:30PMAway vs. CircleCircle High School TournamentTBDAway vs. ChaparralChaparral High School TypeTimeOpponentLocation Wednesday, Mar 11, 2015 5. So who goes where?…It is obvious that Wellington is short on height and long on guards. Last season Reichenberger and Phelps shared point and off-guard duties. Nance is in the post. The key will be finding the starter in the No. 3 and 4 slots of the Crusader offense.Buchanan said Wellington’s offense will be dictated by the opponent it is playing. Against Andale and Collegiate there is the obvious amount of transition that has to be played, while teams like Mulvane it’s a methodical offense against a zone defense. 4Cade Phelps6’1″9 Saturday, Jan 31, 2015 Friday, Feb 6, 2015 Wellington basketball Friday, Feb 27, 2015 Thursday, Dec 11, 2014 Thursday, Dec 11, 2014 Tuesday, Feb 3, 2015 10Colin Reichenberger6’0″12     (as of 12-04-14) Saturday, Jan 24, 2015 31Will Long6’010 2014-15 Wellington boys basketball teamby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ten things to know about the Wellington boys basketball team for 2014-15…1. Where we last left off…Wellington boys accumulated a 9-12 record losing in the first round of sub-state to Mulvane after a rather unusual season. Call it the “bell curve” season. The Crusaders got off to a slow start until the Chaparral Roadrunner Classic.They then won the Chaparral Roadrunner Tournament Classic in January for the first time since the 1970s. That included that spectacular overtime win over Kingman – considered one of the best played game in recent Crusader history.  Wellington would come off that tournament and beat eventual third place state placer El Dorado and would finish off its hot streak winning 7 of 8.Unfortunately, the Crusaders could not sustain it. They lost the last six league games and quickly exited the sub-state post season. Friday, Jan 9, 2015 #NAMEHTYR   Basketball: Boys JV Game5:45PMEl DoradoWellington High School Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015   Basketball: Boys JV TournamentTBDAway vs. KingmanKingman High School 4A Sub-State ChampionshipTBDAway vs. TbaTBA Coach – Joe Newman 4A State TournamentTBDAway vs. TbaTBA Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015 Tuesday, Jan 6, 2015 4A Sub-State Quarter FinalsTBDAway vs. TbaTBA TournamentTBDAway vs. KingmanKingman High School 8. The sub-state … Like the girls basketball team, the boys got a break when Andale was sent to the Augusta sub-state away from the Winfield sub-state where Wellington is. This sub-state is the same as last year with Rose Hill and Mulvane as the other two teams.What does that mean? Well, none of those teams are gracing the top 10 of the Class 4A Div. 1 poll at the moment. And with teams like McPherson and Andale going elsewhere, and Wichita Trinity  and Pratt in Class 4A Div. II, who knows?Could Wellington get its first state tournament berth since 1952? That most certainly would be a boost to the boys athletic program.9. The schedule… Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015   Basketball: Boys C-Team Game4:15PMCircleWellington High School   Basketball: Boys JV Game5:45PMAway vs. AndaleAndale High School Game7:30PMAndaleWellington High School Friday, Jan 23, 2015 Friday, Dec 19, 2014   Basketball: Boys JV Game5:45PMAway vs. WinfieldWinfield High School   Basketball: Boys C-Team Game4:15PMAway vs. WinfieldWinfield High School Thursday, Jan 22, 2015   Basketball: Boys C-Team Game4:15PMMulvaneWellington High School 23A.J. Snipes6’19 7. So where does that put Wellington?…Buchanan said the Crusaders should approach every year with the notion they can win league. But if you are a realist, Wellington could very well finish in third place. Circle, Clearwater and the return of Mulvane are all opponents Wellington can beat especially if Reichenberger is back in the lineup.“We have to improve our league record,” Buchanan said. “We were 1-9 last year. That isn’t going to cut it if this program wants to get better.” Rose Hill, 4. So who will round out the starting five?… Good question. Buchanan is looking at two juniors and a senior who will be part of a eight-player rotation. Tyler Pettegrew, a 5-11, senior will be joining Wesley Gilmore, 5-11, senior; and Dylan Jones, a 6-0, junior. There isn’t a lot of returning varsity experience there. Gilmore averaged 3.4 ppg. and 1.1 rpg. as last year’s sixth man.One of the questions Crusader fans are murmuring quietly amongst themselves is how long Buchanan will take before he pulls up a few freshmen. A.J. Snipes, who is the brother of Lauryn, is a 6-1, freshman and could very well factor into the varsity lineup rotation.Buchanan has 19 players on his roster, but just three seniors and four juniors – two of them injured. You do the math. Friday, Feb 13, 2015   Basketball: Boys JV Game5:45PMAway vs. Wichita CollegiateWichita Collegiate School Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015   Basketball: Boys JV Game5:45PMAway vs. ClearwaterClearwater High School Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 Game7:30PMWichita CollegiateWellington High School 12Carson LeGrand5’1010 Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 Tournament4:40PMAway vs. Conway Springs,Kingman High School TournamentTBDAway vs. ChaparralChaparral High School 3Wesley Gilmore5’11”11 6. League’s twin tower blues…Since we all want a Merry Christmas, let’s throw out a few “ifs” and “buts” as if they are “candy” and “nuts.” If Andale and Collegiate were not in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV, Wellington might have a few more league championship banners on the gymnasium wall. Both teams have dominated the league for sometime now, and look for them to dominate again.Andale is ranked No. 7 having beat Class 6A Derby 54-50 on Tuesday. The Indians return everybody, EVERYBODY! from last year’s third-place state tournament team. Wichita Collegiate is ranked No. 2 in Class 3A and as always is as wonderful as ever.   Basketball: Boys C-Team Game4:15PMClearwaterWellington High School – WHS Main Gym                      Managers-Trevor Whitney, Hudson Ramirez Game7:30PMAway vs. ClearwaterClearwater High School Friday, Jan 16, 2015 Friday, Dec 12, 2014   Basketball: Boys C-Team Game4:15PMAway vs. Wichita CollegiateWichita Collegiate School   Basketball: Boys C-Team Game4:15PMAway vs. AndaleAndale High School Game7:30PMAugustaWellington High School – WHS Main Gym   Basketball: Boys C-Team Game4:15PMAway vs. ClearwaterClearwater High School Friday, Feb 13, 2015 4Cade Phelps6’1″9   Basketball: Boys JV Game5:45PMAway vs. CircleCircle High School   Basketball: Boys JV TournamentTBDAway vs. KingmanKingman High School Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 Tuesday, Jan 6, 2015 Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 10Trey Cary5’99 21Braiden Buresh6’19 33Logan Jones6’19 22Brock Edwards5’9″10   Basketball: Boys C-Team Game4:15PMAway vs. MulvaneMulvane High School Game7:30PMEl DoradoWellington High School – WHS Main Gym Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 Thursday, Mar 12, 2015 4A State TournamentTBDAway vs. TbaTBA Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015 3. With basketball comes football injuries…Remember how the whole football team seemed to have all gone down with an injury thus creating a movement to rename the mascot to the “Wellington Orthopedic Patients?” Well, the unfortunate thing about football injuries is they can spill over into basketball.Colin ReichenbergerColin Reichenberger, a 6-2, senior, averaged 7.0 ppg in 13-14. He is out with a finger injury but is expected to play either next week or in January.Austin Dunn, a 6-2, senior, is still nursing an ACL tear and probably is out for the season. However, there is a chance he might play a little in the waning two weeks of the season.“He brings a big body to the lineup that we don’t have,” said Wellington head boys basketball coach Brian Buchanan. “Last year at the end of the season, he was leading the team in rebounds.” 3Jihad Mutazammil5’59 Friday, Feb 20, 2015 Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 Game7:30PMMulvaneWellington High School – WHS Main Gym Kingman Saturday, Mar 7, 2015   Basketball: Boys C-Team Game4:15PMEl DoradoWellington High School 24Chaese Hamel6’2″10   Basketball: Boys JV Game5:45PMAndaleWellington High School   Basketball: Boys JV Game5:45PMAway vs. BuhlerBuhler High School Friday, Dec 12, 2014   Basketball: Boys C-Team Game4:15PMWichita CollegiateWellington High School 4A Sub-State Semi FinalsTBDAway vs. TbaTBA 33Logan Jones6’19 Varsity/JV Friday, Feb 6, 2015 14Therin Frame5’710   Basketball: Boys C-Team Game4:15PMAway vs. CircleCircle High School Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 Friday, Feb 20, 2015 20Trevor Nance6’5″12   Basketball: Boys JV Game5:45PMClearwaterWellington High School   Basketball: Boys JV Game5:45PMAway vs. MulvaneMulvane High School Game7:30PMAway vs. MulvaneMulvane High School Tuesday, Feb 3, 2015 Luke Smith, Joe Newman Game7:30PMClearwaterWellington High School – WHS Main Gym 30Khalil Mutazammil6’311 34Dylan Jones6’111   Basketball: Boys C-Team Game4:15PMAndaleWellington High School – WHS Main Gym   Basketball: Boys C-Team Game4:15PMAway vs. BuhlerBuhler High School wellington JV and C team TournamentTBDAway vs. ChaparralChaparral High School Friday, Feb 27, 2015 TournamentTBDAway vs. ChaparralChaparral High School Kingman   Basketball: Boys JV Game5:45PMCircleWellington High School Alejandro Vargas, Deyton Araujo 14Arlis Troutman5’79 Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 Trevor Nance         Head Coach Brian Buchanan Game7:30PMAway vs. AndaleAndale High School   Basketball: Boys C-Team Tournament9:00AMAway vs. Goddard,Rose Hill High School 15Derek Driskell5’510                 Asst. Coaches – Richard Roitman,  Tournament8:00PMAway vs. Kingman,Kingman High School 11Jack Walton6’19   Basketball: Boys JV Game5:45PMWichita CollegiateWellington High School 21Tyler Pettegrew5’9″12 Game7:30PMCircleWellington High School – WHS Main Gym Friday, Dec 19, 2014 12Jaden Adams5’89   Basketball: Boys JV Game5:45PMMulvaneWellington High School 5Adam Hilt5’910 32Ian King6’49 Game7:30PMAway vs. BuhlerBuhler High School 5Connor Phelps6’1″11 40Coewen Rains5’1010 10. The roster… Connor Phelps2. So who is returning?…Wellington’s Trevor Nance is, of course. The record holding quarterback will be returning for his senior year. He is 6-5 and averaged 17.11 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. He had several 20 point games especially during the mid-season streak.Connor Phelps, a 6-1, junior, is also returning after getting 8.6 ppg and 2.0 rpg. in 2013-14. Follow us on Twitter. Friday, Jan 9, 2015 BOYS C Team Sterling Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015 Friday, Jan 16, 2015   Basketball: Boys JV TournamentTBDAway vs. KingmanKingman High School Basketball Boys Varsity Schedule    (as of 12-04-14)   Basketball: Boys JV Game5:45PMAugustaWellington High School Game7:30PMAway vs. WinfieldWinfield High School 22Therin Frame5’9″10 Friday, Mar 6, 2015 Game7:30PMAway vs. Wichita CollegiateWichita Collegiate School Manager – David Matlock   Basketball: Boys C-Team Game4:15PMAugustaWellington High School Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? 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