JT Daniels vs Matt Barkley 2009 FightOn1992 Junior Member Joined: Aug 24, 2017 Messages: 21 Likes Received: 16 Nov 9, 2018 #1 There has been a LOT of discussion on JT and his performance. I felt like trying to find out what is reasonable to expect after getting away from the absurd hype he received and was basically unrealistic. Hence I tried to find a USC comparable and I think this matches well: So I thought it would be interesting to compare JT Daniels' first year to that of the only other USC QB who started as a true Freshman. The conclusion is that they are remarkably similar with the slight edge going to Barkley. This jibes with my opinion of these two - 1. They both dealt with way inflated expectations that neither was able to meet (which is not a shock) 2. They both were OK not great as a QB but probably pretty solid as a Freshman (with normal expectations) 3. They both were cerebral QBs with a fantastic work ethic 4. They are not particularly mobile and likely limits their upside Barkley 2009: Attempts 352 Completions 211 Comp Pct 59.9% Yards 2735 TD 15 Int 14 Rating 131.3 Daniels ( he is through 8 games so I will show current numbers and extrapolated numbers by multiplying by 11/8 as he has 3 more guaranteed starts) Attempts 244 ... extrapolated 336 Completions 138 ... extrapolated 190 Comp Pct 56.6% Yards 1806 ... extrapolated 2483 TD 9 ... extrapolated 12 Int 7 ... extrapolated 10 Rating 125.2 The conclusion to me is that JT and Matt are incredibly similar and I think our expectations for JT should align those to Matt: 1. The goal should be for JT to be a top 10 QB in USC History and accept that top 5 is not likely (he simply does not have the athleticism, arm strength, and/or accuracy of Palmer, Leinart, Darnold, Peete and frankly he may be challenged to match Sanchez, MacDonald). 2. JT can continue to develop and show by his work ethic that he can be an excellent leader for the team 3. He may definitely be able to get us a serious run at a playoff spot (see Matt B in 2011 without sanctions) and I think he likely is an NFL backup caliber QB. Thoughts? Fight On!