As far as USC football is concerned, all we’ve been hearing about lately is the quarterback competition between Cody Kessler and Max Browne. But there’s another quarterback on USC’s roster that doesn’t get talked about too often– 3-star freshman QB Jalen Greene.
Jalen Greene enrolled at USC in the spring of 2014 after graduating a semester early from Serra High School– the same high school former USC football star wide-receivers, Marqise Lee and Robert Woods attended, as well as Adoree Jackson, another USC newcomer.
High School Stats
As a sophomore at Serra High, Greene completed 88-of-168 passes for 1,368 yards (52.4%) with 10 TDs and 4 interceptions and ran for 694 yards on 86 carries (8.1 avg) with 7 TDs.
As a junior his numbers improved significantly. He completed 167-of-266 passes (62.8%) for 2,443 yards with 25 TDs and 13 interceptions, plus ran for 1,137 yards on 151 carries (7.5 avg) with 9 TDs.
In his final year as the starting QB for Serra High, he completed 134-of-229 passes (58.5%) for 1,544 yards with 33 TDs and 6 interceptions in 2013, plus ran for 1,209 yards on 155 carries (7.8 avg) with 14 TDs.
Overall as a three-year starter, Greene proved that he was a winner. More than that, he developed into a dual-threat quarterback. The numbers he posted prove that he is as dangerous on his feet as he is when throwing the ball to his receivers.
Greene wasn’t always set on becoming a Trojan. In November of 2013, Greene committed to Boise State. A month later, he was recruited by then head coach of the Huskies, Steve Sarkisian and decided to commit to the University of Washington. A week or so later when news broke out that Steve Sarkisian would be the head coach of the USC football team, Greene flipped his commitment and decided to become a Trojan.
Greene said “the situation they have going on there [at USC] and the way the offense is going to change, I feel like it’s the best place for me to be”.
With Kessler and Browne most likely ahead of Greene on the USC football depth chart, is it really the best place for Greene to be? Well, it just might be. Coach Sarkisian said he wants to incorporate some spread elements into the offense, and one of the ways he’ll be doing that is by using a mobile quarterback, such as Greene.
Chances are Greene won’t be competing for a starting position this spring, but he is definitely competing for playing time. At USC, you don’t see many mobile quarterbacks– it’s not something Trojan fans are used to. However, teams in the Pac-12 like Stanford, with Andrew Luck a couple of years ago, Oregon with Marcus Mariota and UCLA with Brett Hundley have proven great success with dual-threat quarterbacks.
I’m not saying Greene is the next Luck or Mariota or Hundley, but with the right training and the experience he can be a huge asset for the Trojans’ offense.
Serra High School football players have had great success at USC and Greene also has that same potential to be great. It’ll be tough for him to earn a starting role this year, but keep an eye out for this dual-threat QB who might just be changing the way the Trojans usually play offense in the near future.
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