USC expected to start JT Daniels at QB against Oregon State

Associated Press

USC freshman quarterback J.T. Daniels has been cleared from concussion protocol and is expected to start this week at Oregon State.  Daniels has been out since Oct. 20th when he was injured in the Trojans 41-20 loss at Utah.

Daniels reportedly took first-team snaps at Tuesday’s practice for USC, and will continue to do so throughout the week according to head coach Clay Helton.

Daniels started 7 games and led USC to a 4-3 record before missing last week’s game against Arizona State, a 38-35 Sun Devils win.  Daniels has completed 56.9% of his passes for 8 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.  He is the second true freshman in program history to start a season opener, joining Matt Barkley in 2009.

The Beavers are coming off a thrilling overtime win at Colorado, where quarterback Jake Luton led the Beavs back from a 31-3 third quarter deficit for a 41-34 win.  Luton was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week after passing for over 300 yards and 3 touchdowns in just the second half alone.

USC is currently a 16-point betting favorite on the road at Oregon State this week, per OddsShark.

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