While there isn’t much to get excited for when it comes to the New York Jets in 2017, there is one college football matchup that fans will undoubtedly want to tune in to watch.
On Saturday, November 18th, fans of the New York Jets should have their favorite snack ready and be on the couch locked in to see Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen battle it out in a clash between two California rivals when the USC Trojans take on the UCLA Bruins.
Along with Josh Allen of Wyoming, Darnold and Rosen make up what could be the richest quarterback class the NFL draft has seen in years. There have been some good classes over the years such as 2015 when Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota went No. 1 and 2 overall.
The 2012 draft class was extremely hyped up with Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin and Ryan Tannehill all being selected in the top 10, and while Luck has blossomed into one of the games premier players, RGIII has been a bust aside from his rookie campaign. Tannehill has been a marginal player at best for the Miami Dolphins. In fact, it was Russell Wilson, who wasn’t drafted until the third round that has been the second best quarterback of the class, with Kirk Cousins who went in the fourth round as third best quarterback picked in the 2012 draft.
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But back to the topic at hand, and the fact of the matter is by the time the two Heisman Trophy candidates take the field for their Week 12 showdown at the famous LA Coliseum, the Jets will likely be three quarters of the way through yet another disappointing year.
By this time, they’ll already be looking forward to better days in 2018, while also in the mood for some California dreaming.
While Darnold is thought of as the more polished player as of now, with the better head on his shoulders, Rosen is an equally promising prospect, with a rocket arm. Rosen is a guy who can do it all for his team. At 6’4, Rosen has ideal size for the position, with pocket presence, and the ability to make things happen with his legs when the pocket collapses.
Rosen’s electric freshman season (23 TD/11 INT) is what put him on the national map, and had scouts immediately predicting him to one day be the first overall pick in the draft. His sophomore season was cut short, however, as he was forced to miss the remainder of the season after injuring his shoulder during their game against Arizona State on October 8th.
Rosen still posted solid numbers, however (10 TD/5 INT), for a Bruins team that won just two games all year, it was a budding freshman on the other side of town that began to steal the show. That would be Darnold who was one of the nations top recruits coming out of San Clemente High school in Orange County California, just a little over an hour away from the USC campus. Darnold took over as the Trojans starter on September 20th prior to their matchup against the Utah Utes, replacing Junior Max Browne after just three games.
Things did not exactly go smoothly for the Trojans other those first three games either, as they got blown out by both Alabama and Stanford, with a blowout win over Utah State sandwiched in between. Darnold immediately looked the part, and despite a solid effort against Utah in his first college start, the Trojans lost a heartbreaker and fell to 1-3 on the season. Darnold then went on to lead the Trojans to 8 straight regular season wins, as well as a dramatic comeback victory over Penn State in the Rose Bowl. The
Darnold then went on to lead the Trojans to eight straight regular season wins, as well as a dramatic comeback victory over Penn State in the Rose Bowl. The 20-year-old freshman put up staggering numbers throwing for 3,086 yards and 31 touchdowns. With Rosen now back healthy and Darnold going into his second year under head coach Clay Helton, it will be an exiting season watching this two perform at high levels week in week out. Tthe November 28th battle should be an intriguing one for not only Jets fans, but everybody to watch.
With Rosen now back healthy and Darnold going into his second year under head coach Clay Helton, it will be an exciting season watching these two perform at high levels week in week out. Tthe November 28th battle should be an intriguing one for not only Jets fans, but everybody to watch.