Helton: Daniels will grow from the Stanford loss
USC head coach Clay Helton always tries to make lemonade out of lemons.
After a 17-3 loss to Stanford, the USC head coach went looking for the positives. He said in the postgame presser that this loss was a learning experience for his young team.
He was then questioned what exactly the Trojans learned in this loss. Clay Helton pointed to his freshman quarterback, JT Daniels.
Daniels finished the game 16 of 34 for 216 yards. He also had two interceptions and a key fumble that Stanford recovered. It seemed Stanford’s defense gave the freshman an opportunity to beat them with some one-on-one coverages, figuring he couldn’t get it done. He didn’t.
Helton is okay with that and expects to see a more prepared and mature Daniels in the very near future because of all the game experience.
“I would say this is a learning experience, obviously,” Helton said at the postgame presser. “I think it’s one our quarterback is going to learn from. The good times and the bad, and every rep that he gets, he’s going to get better from. And every rep we get as a staff, we’re going to learn how to be able to work around him and the offense. We have three really good backs right now that I think can run the ball effectively. We have some damn good wide outs that I thought made some plays. And we’ll keep it to where our quarterback can function. I know he’s a very smart person and a very talented person. He’ll grow from tonight.”
Daniels might have to grow quickly. The Trojans travel to Austin next weekend (5 PM PST, FO) to take on the Texas Longhorns in one of the most hostile college football environments in the country.