Before the College Football season began, the whole world was buzzing over USC quarterback Sam Darnold. With scouts comparing him to Andrew Luck and claiming that he will be the top draft pick in 2018, Darnold has not lived up to the hype.
What impressed scouts last year, was Darnold's low turnover rate and pocket awareness. This season it's been anything but that, as he's thrown almost as many interceptions through the first month.
Sam Darnold just threw his 8th interception of the season, tied for second-most in FBS.— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) September 30, 2017
He had 9 in all of 2016.
Darnold's completion percentage and passer rating are both down from last year. Add that to the fact that his touchdown to interception ratio has gone from 31:9 to 9:8, and it's clear that he's struggling.
Last night Darnold not only threw an interception in an upset loss to Washington State, but he also fumbled with the game on the line.
Sam Darnold fumbles on final drive to lose game. Already looking like a true @nyjets franchise qb— Cory Casuso (@CoryCasuso) September 30, 2017
While Darnold could obviously turn his season around, it shows how premature it is to tank an entire season for an unproven player.
With the emergence of Josh Rosen and Mason Rudolph, Darnold will need to improve his play if he wants to claim his top spot in the draft.