USC redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold declared for the 2018 NFL Draft today. Darnold was 20-4 as a starter in his two seasons at USC.
Darnold was named the starter for USC in 2016 after a 1-2 start to the season. He led the Trojans to nine straight victories and a Rose Bowl title. This season, Darnold and USC went 11-3 with a PAC-12 championship. Their 7-24 loss in the Cotton Bowl to Ohio State was the team's second straight appearance in a New Year's Six bowl.
Darnold is the first USC quarterback since Matt Leinart to go undefeated at home as a starter, beat Stanford twice, win a Rose Bowl and win a PAC-12 championship.
Through his 24 career games played, Darnold threw for 7,229 yards, 7th all-time in USC history and 57 touchdowns, 6th all-time.
Darnold now joins UCLA junior quarterback Josh Rosen in this year's draft class. Many draft experts expect Darnold to be one of the top quarterbacks taken, alongside Rosen, in this year's draft.