BREAKING: USC quarterback JT Daniels out for season with torn ACL, meniscus

Adam Maya

An MRI revealed that USC quarterback JT Daniels suffered a torn ACL and meniscus and will miss the remainder of the 2019 season, according to sources close to the situation.

Coach Clay Helton confirmed the diagnosis Sunday night and said Daniels will have surgery in a few weeks after a bit of rehab. The timetable is 9-12 months, which could make Daniels available for the start of the 2020 season. He'll be a redshirt sophomore.

The initial hope from the medical staff after an initial round of tests was that Daniels had a severe knee sprain and avoided a season-ending injury. But further testing confirmed tears in his right knee.

"I want to thank JT for the amount of work that he's put in, not only to himself but to our football team," Helton said Sunday evening. "The offseason that he had was tremendous and it was really so nice to see what he was doing in the first half.

"He will be missed but we'll have to move forward and we wish him nothing but the best in the surgery."

Daniels landed awkwardly while sacked late in the second quarter of USC’s 31-23 win over Fresno State. He was soon helped off the field and unable to put any weight on his right leg before being carted off to the locker room. 

Daniels finished 25 of 34 for 215 yards with a touchdown and interception. Helton said true freshman Kedon Slovis will start this upcoming Saturday versus Stanford.

"Got all the confidence in the world in his ability," Helton said of Slovis. "We have the utmost trust in his ability to get the job done and we look forward to watching him play on Saturday."

Slovis relieved Daniels and went 6 of 8 for 57 yards with an interception while playing the entire second half versus Fresno State. The Trojans currently have just one other scholarship QB on the roster, redshirt junior Matt Fink, after redshirt sophomore Jack Sears left the team and entered the transfer portal last week upon being slotted fourth on the depth chart.  

Comments (10)

Adam - has the Jack Sears boat passed?

Is there any dialogue between Helton and USC (or USC Admin) with Jack Sears and his family?

I'm curious what is the mindset of all these parties?

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Nice post, but I don’t think Jack Sears is coming back to be third string. He only comes back if he’s the starter and Graham Harrell is very confident in Slovis. Also, consider that Helton must swallow some pride if he were to approach Sears - and that’s a bridge too far.


1st of all - Godspeed JT!

I'm curious how other fans thinks the season plays out? With Slovis as the "Guy," now. Will Jack Sears be asked back to give a hand?

Tough break for JT and the Trojan Family.

My thoughts:

SC does the following:

1 - starts slowly with Slovis due to a rough schedule. I see the Trojans best possible record at 7-5, with wins vs. byu, zona, zona st. cal colorado, and possibly ucla (although this is no give me esp., since me thinks ucla has the better coach - just look at last years cruddy ucla team beating SC).

If this happens, I think the Helton will come to an end shortly after the Notre Dame game.

Clancy becomes interim coach.

2 - SC does worst, and loses another 2 games off my 1st scenario making it 5-7, with loses to one of the zona schools and ucla.

again helton is gone.

3 - is it possible Slovis the 2nd coming of the USC Messiah (Sam Darnold).

I don't think so, he sure doesn't move like Darnold and Darnold had a year to sit and learn. Can Helton be so fortunate to have another generational qb in Slovi? Odds are highly unlikely.

Although the system is better, and ball comes out quicker, as we saw last night, it just takes 1 hit in an unclean pocket and it's adios muchacho for The Whole year.

4 - Jack Sears plays, in situations to change the pace, and predicted outcomes can't be given because Jack creates with his feet.

Does this net us more wins? Will the Staff have the balls to see what we got in Sears?

We'll find out.

Tough start for us Trojans.

Fight On!