Sam Darnold Scouting Report


Prospect Information



Overview
The Trojans lost 2 of the first 3 games in the 2016 campaign. Coach Clay Helton pulled starting quarterback Max Browne, and replaced him with redshirt freshman (academic sophomore) Sam Darnold. Led by Darnold, the Trojans won their final nine games of the season, including an epic shootout with Penn State in the Rose Bowl. Darnold finished the 2016 season with 3,086 yards (67% completion rate), 31 touchdown passes against 9 interceptions, and added 2 rushing touchdowns. In 2016 Darnold won USC’s Most Inspirational Player Award, and the Archie Griffin Award.

NFL Comparison
Aaron Rodgers

Strengths
Elite arm Strength. Displays good awareness in the pocket. Does a good job reading a defense. Shows some athleticism. Prototypical height, weight, and speed for the position. Excellent release. Quick upper body mechanics. Quick footwork. Shows good leadership ability. Has a competitive fire and will to win.

Weaknesses
Gunslinger mentality can get him into trouble. Sometimes shows off his arm too much when only a simple touch-pass will get the job done.

Summary
Hi energy player who needs to be polished up.

Player Notes
09/23/2016 – Became starting quarterback for USC.
01/02/2017 – Led USC to Rose Bowl win over Penn State (52-49). Threw for 453 yards (62% completion rate), 5 touchdown passes and 1 interception.

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