It’s official. The #4-rated USC Trojans will face 2 quarterbacks at the Coliseum on Saturday when they take on San Jose St.. Longtime Arizona Wildcat head coach Dick Tome, entering his 5th season at San Jose St., will go with both Kyle Reed and Jordan La Secia. They will split the reps.
It won’t matter a lot in the final analysis. The Spartans were terrible offensively last year – last in total offense and scoring offense. It wasn’t exclusively a QB problem for San Jose St. as they were unable to run the ball. At tailback Saturday against the Trojans, they’ll start Patrick Perry who was granted a 6th year by the NCAA. Amazingly, he will play his first football since 2006 when he ran for 454 yards and 7 TDs.
Tome’s 2 QBs are pretty unexceptional, but Reed seems like the better of them. As a junior last year, he threw for 1,563 yards and 9 TDs vs. 7 picks. His bet game was against Utah St. when he completed 28-40 for 300 yards with 3 TDs. He’s a tough kid, best exemplified by his September 20, 2008 start at Stanford where he was sacked a mind-boggling 9 times. In that game, he still completed 23 of his 26 passes.
Meanwhile, La Secia is a junior from Newbury Park. He threw just 3 passes last year, all against UC Davis in the Spartans’ opener.
As for his decision to split reps, Tome says:
“We just feel like the two of them have competed on a very equal basis all during training camp and all during the spring. Jordan had his best spring ever and he’s done a great job this summer and this fall, and Kyle has continued to grow. We just think they both deserve an opportunity because we really can’t scrimmage enough in training camp to make that determination.
“We certainly want to have one guy that’s clearly the No. 1 by the time we get into the conference [games]. If it happens earlier than that, then that’s great. But we certainly don’t know that right now.”