At the start of the 2019-20 NCAA football season, the University of Southern California’s was still deciding who they would name at starting quarterback to begin the year. Incoming true-freshman Kedon Slovis along with four other quarterbacks battled it out with sophomore JT Daniels winning the starting job.
In a sudden turn of circumstances, in the first game of the year just before halftime, JT Daniels went down with an apparent right leg injury and Slovis was thrust into the starting job, just a half into his collegiate career with the Trojans’ program to lead the team to a 31-24 victory.
Since then, Slovis has made appearances in 10 games, guiding the Trojans to an 8-3 record overall. But it’s what Slovis did this past weekend against the UCLA Bruins that has some people flabbergasted how impressive his future can be.
In a 52-35 victory over the Bruins on Sunday, Slovis broke the freshman quarterback single-game passing record completing 37-of-47 passes and throwing for 515 yards. Slovis also threw four touchdown passes.
Former Trojan quarterback Matt Barkley set the record of 493 yards back in 2012.
A Trojans’ win was hardly ever in doubt on Saturday as they scored the most points all year long (52) and finished with a season-high in total yards (643).
Through 11 games, Slovisas has thrown for 3,242 yards, eclipsing the 400-yard passing mark three times this year. Over the past three games, Slovis has a 12:1 touchdown to interception ratio.