The 8th ranked USC Trojans, with quarterback Sam Darnold, accommodate a 5th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes, with quarterback J.T. Barrett, in a 2017 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic on Friday, Dec 29, 2017 (12/29/17) during ATT Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Here’s what we need to know:
What: Cotton Bowl Classic
Where: ATT Stadium, Arlington, Texas
When: Friday, Dec. 29, 2017
Time: 8:30 p.m. Eastern
Line: Ohio State -7.5
Sam Darnold knows a speed of an NFL diversion is most faster than it seemed from a upper-level seats that he and his Southern California teammates had for a Dallas Cowboys diversion after nearing in North Texas for a Cotton Bowl.
What is still misleading is how quick a All-Pac-12 Trojans quarterback could be personification during margin turn in a pros.
Darnold, a third-year sophomore, hasn’t pronounced nonetheless if he will lapse to Pac-12 champion USC for another deteriorate or if a Cotton Bowl opposite fifth-ranked Ohio State will be his Trojans finale. He has to confirm by Jan. 15 either to make himself authorised for a subsequent NFL draft, that will be hold in late Apr in a same track where he will play Friday night.
“Obviously, we haven’t been meditative about it a ton. I’ve been unequivocally focused on Ohio State. So we consider after a play game, honestly, I’ll be means to give a improved answer,” Darnold pronounced Wednesday during his media event during a Cotton Bowl. “But we consider usually looking during all a factors, we can’t unequivocally pinpoint anything specifically.”
In dual seasons with a Trojans, yet he didn’t turn a starter until a fourth diversion in 2016 on approach to a Rose Bowl title, Darnold has thrown for 6,873 yards with 57 touchdowns and 21 interceptions while completing 65 percent of his passes. Often deliberate usually a prototypical drop-back passer, he has also run for 350 yards and 7 scores.
The child who has always dreamed of personification in a NFL is approaching to be a tip pick if he leaves USC early. Darnold pronounced his preference on either to go or stay won’t be impacted by that NFL group competence chose him.
“It’s been such a dream of cave to play in a NFL that either we go or either we stay during USC, to be means to have a event to even play in a NFL and grasp that dream of cave is something that I’ve always looked at,” Darnold said. “And for an classification to put their trust in me to be means to go out there and play football for them, we consider any event to play for anyone would be extraordinary and something that I’ve always dreamed of.”
While Darnold expects it to be a tough decision, he believes he will be means to contend he done a right preference — no matter what that is.
USC descent coordinator Tee Martin describes Darnold as a “quarterback’s quarterback” who will be prepared for a NFL whenever he decides to go.
“Ultimately during a finish of a day, he wants to win. He’s an impassioned competitor,” Martin said. “I consider he does like being in college. It competence be one of those heartstring things, where, ‘Hey we done it to a Cotton Bowl, we did great. But can we do better? Can we play better?’ If that’s a case, afterwards you’ll see him entrance back.
“If he feels it’s a right situation, or a right timing for a right classification on a subsequent level, he might make a preference to leave,” he said.
Before that Cowboys diversion on Sunday, when they were separated from playoff row in a detriment to Seattle, Darnold hadn’t attended an NFL diversion given going to see a Chargers as a immature kid.
It was usually 3 years ago that USC manager Clay Helton was in Darnold’s vital room recruiting him to a Trojans.
“Life is kind of relocating unequivocally quick right now,” Darnold said. “I’ve done some large decisions, and entrance to USC was one of them. And it was a unequivocally good decision. So we consider whatever preference we make by Jan. 15 is going to be a good decision, too.”
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)