USC is in for a long night vs. Stanford if quarterback JT Daniels can’t return from a hand/wrist injury that knocked him out in the first quarter.
For only the second time in program history, USC opened their season last week with a true freshman quarterback. JT Daniels joined Matt Barkley in USC lore with that feat and looked good in his Trojans debut, but the second game isn’t going as great as USC fans would have hoped.
Daniels was taken out of the game vs. Stanford in the first quarter and after he went 1-of-4 passing for 12 yards as the Trojans trailed the Cardinal 7-0.
Daniels was taken to the medical tent where trainers looked at his hand and wrist area before he walked off the field and into the locker room, accompanied by trainers.
This is not the sight USC fans wanted to see with their freshman phenom being escorted off the field with an injury.
Details are still coming in about the extent of the injury and whether he’ll be able to return later in this game or if he’ll be sidelined for a period of time as he recovers from his ailment.
With Daniels out, USC turned to Matt Fink to try to provide a spark for an offense that hasn’t been able to get anything going in the early goings on vs. Stanford, who looks much better tonight than they did in the opener vs. San Diego State.
According to FOX sideline reporter, Bruce Feldman, Daniels quickly returned to the sideline where he was trying to warm up. This should be a big sigh of relief for the long-term prognosis of Daniels, who if he had a broken bone in his hand or wrist, most definitely would not be back on the field and throwing.
Nevertheless, the injury scare to Daniels shows just how valuable the true freshman, who graduated high school early, is to this USC team and their Pac-12 title hopes.
Stay tuned for more developments on the health status of Daniels.
Update: Daniels has returned to the game in the second quarter with USC trailing Stanford 7-0. Trojans fans can take a long sigh knowing the phenom is okay, but it was a reminder nonetheless how quickly this thing can blow up if the quarterback goes down.