USC football: 5 most underrated players in USC Trojans history

LenDale White of the USC Trojans. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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4. Underrated USC football players: Brad Otton

Who threw more passes to Keshawn Johnson in college than anyone else? Was Brad Otton on the list of quarterbacks that came to mind? If not, don’t worry. Only a Trojan superfan or a college sports trivia genius would get that question right.

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Otton’s career and place in USC football lore are lost to history because he played in a down era of USC football. Another interesting trivia factoid about Otton is he’s the only Trojans’ quarterback to play in and win a Rose Bowl in the 1990s.

Anytime you play with anyone like Johnson, you are going to get sucked into his vortex. Johnson was the best player on the team by far. Not only was he the best player on the team, but he also had the biggest personality.

That is a recipe to go underrated. However, Otton had a solid career in the cardinal and gold of the Trojans. At the time he left Los Angeles, he was the third in Trojans history in touchdown passes. He still ranks 10th.

A third interesting trivia factoid about Otton is he helped stop USC’s 13-game winless streak against Notre Dame in 1996. After going undrafted in 1997, Otton got into coaching.

Otton disappeared from football after his playing days at USC. He coached with John Robinson at UNLV  who he’d played for at USC. After Robinson retired, Otton turned his attention to, well pizza.

He lived in Italy for two years training to become a pizza maker. When he returned to the states, he opened what is now a successful chain of pizza restaurants.