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Notre Dame vs USC: The latest on the quarterbacks in this Rivalry


NCAA Football: Southern California at Notre Dame Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

As restrictions ease and Notre Dame Fighting Irish football returns to a more normal season, the spotlight on the 2021 matchup between the Irish and the USC Trojans will be hotter than ever. In just one season without the historic rivalry game, so much has changed. In particular, each team’s quarterback situation makes this year’s faceoff a game of its own. From NCAA rule changes to 2022 NFL draft chatter, here’s some of the latest on the quarterbacks on each side of this storied rivalry.

Jack Coan

Before transferring to Notre Dame, this quarterback threw for 23 TDs and 3,278 yards over three seasons as a Wisconsin Badger.

Having proven himself as a leader, the now-starting Irish quarterback has head coach Brian Kelly’s confidence behind him, and Coan has gone all in for his team. Specifically, he addressed Irish center Jarrett Patterson at a recent press conference.

On Patterson, Coan said “It’s awesome. I mean, to have a guy like him in front of me, he’s one of the best centers in the country, if not the best center. So, I know my front is definitely going to be protected. And he’s a great leader for the offensive line and the offense as a whole. So, he’s always getting everyone on the same page and is ready to play. So, he’s a special player for us.”

Kedon Slovis

After stepping in for injured starting quarterback JT Daniels as a freshman, Slovis made a name for himself by completing 282 of 392 passes for 3,502 yards that season.

Along with quite a bit of Heisman buzz, Slovis has received some name drops in the mock drafts. CBS Sports’ Ryan Wilson has Slovis going to the Las Vegas Raiders with the ninth spot overall while Luke Easterling of the Draft Wire has the USC quarterback going to the Washington Football team with the eighth overall pick.

Slovis has also tapped into the NCAA’s name, image and likeness (NIL) policy, most recently in the form of a sponsored Instagram post for United Airlines.

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