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JT Daniels named starter against Fresno State, True freshman Slovis is the No. 2

USC Trojans’ head coach Clay Helton announced after Tuesday’s practice that sophomore JT Daniels (photo above) will again be the starting quarterback for the Trojans when they face defending Mountain West Champion Fresno State Bulldogs on Saturday evening, Aug. 31, in the season opener for both teams on United Airlines Field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Helton also announced the quarterback depth chart to open the season by naming true freshman Kedon Slovis as Daniels backup followed by junior Matt Fink and sophomore Jack Sears. While Fink and Sears have game experience, No. 2 Slovis has yet to take a snap in a college football game.

True freshman Kedon Slovis (photo above) was named as JT Daniels backup by Clay Helton on Tuesday.

Last season, Daniels appeared in 11 games and was 216-of-363 through the air (59.5%) for 2,672 yards and 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Daniels missed the Arizona State game due to a concussion at Utah.

None of the quarterbacks were available for comment following Helton’s announcement.  

Greg Katz

Now entering his 59th season of either writing, broadcasting, or just plain watching USC football, WeAreSC columnist Greg Katz began his affiliation with the website back in 2001, introducing his well-received O/NSO (The Obvious/The Not So Obvious) column and later adding his respected IMHO Sunday opinion and tidbits column. Greg, a former ESPN.com college football columnist covering USC, is also a member of the Football Writer's Association of America. He is also known in Southern California as a professional public address announcer, having called the the 1996 Rose Bowl Game between USC and Northwestern. Greg also holds a master's degree in athletic administration and was a former varsity high school coach of 27 years.

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