No matter who was standing behind center for the Trojans on Labor Day Weekend, it was going to be a tough task to replicate the success of this year's No. 3 overall pick Sam Darnold, but JT Daniels seems ready to begin that journey. After competing throughout fall camp for the QB1 role, the former Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) standout will follow in the footsteps of fellow Monarch Matt Barkley, becoming just the second-ever true freshman to start a season opener at quarterback for USC. Daniels had an illustrious career at Mater Dei, tallying 12,054 yards and 152 TDs while graduating a full year early and winning the 2018 Gatorade Male Athlete of the Year in the process. Saturday will be his first test to see if the high school success will translate at the next level and all eyes will be ready to see if the 18-year-old can hold up.
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USC vs. UNLV: The Facts
1) USC has won its last 16 home games, its longest streak since 21 in a row from 2001-2004, good enough for the second-longest active home winning streak in the nation (Alabama, 19)
2) USC's record in season openeers is 92-24-8, with 36 shutout victories. In season openers at home, the Trojans are 64-16-7.
3) USC and UNLV have played once before in 1997 when the Trojans rallied from a 21-14 fourth quarter deficit to win 35-21