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Sport USC freshman QB Kedon Slovis returns to start at Notre Dame

13:55  09 october  2019
13:55  09 october  2019 Source:   ap.org

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LOS ANGELES (AP) Freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis will return from an apparent concussion to start for Southern California at No. 9 Notre Dame on Saturday night.

a man holding a baseball bat in front of a crowd: FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2019, file photo, quarterback Kedon Slovis looks to pass the ball during the second half against BYU in an NCAA college football game in Provo, Utah. Slovis will return from injury to start for Southern California at No. 9 Notre Dame on Saturday night. USC coach Clay Helton made the announcement Tuesday night, Oct. 8, after practice. (AP Photo/George Frey, File)© APWF FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2019, file photo, quarterback Kedon Slovis looks to pass the ball during the second half against BYU in an NCAA college football game in Provo, Utah. Slovis will return from injury to start for Southern California at No. 9 Notre Dame on Saturday night. USC coach Clay Helton made the announcement Tuesday night, Oct. 8, after practice. (AP Photo/George Frey, File)

USC coach Clay Helton made the announcement Tuesday night after practice.

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USC quarterback Kedon Slovis has been ruled out for Saturday’s game at No. 17 Washington Helton expressed hope that Slovis would be able to return after next week’s bye to face Notre Dame on Oct. As a true freshman , Slovis has completed 77.9 percent of his passes for 732 yards, five

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The Trojans (3-2) have had three starting quarterbacks in their first five games thanks to injuries, and the 18-year-old Slovis has missed most of the past two games. After being medically cleared to return, Slovis will get the shot to lead USC against the powerhouse Irish in the schools' famed intersectional rivalry game.

''There's not that much more you can ask for,'' Slovis said. ''It's Notre Dame and USC. ... They're a good team, obviously one of the best teams in the nation, but Coach Helton is going to put together a great game plan for us.''

Slovis got hurt on a heavy hit during the opening series of USC's win over then-No. 10 Utah on Sept. 20. He sat out of a loss at Washington on Sept. 28 for the Trojans, who had last week off.

''He does not look out of form to me,'' Helton said of Slovis, who threw to receivers during the Trojans' week off. ''He looks really good, and we'll continue through the week. Today, I thought he was very decisive with his decision-making. So hopefully that continues and he carries it to South Bend.''

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Kedon Slovis just might save Clay Helton’s job after all given the way his debut played out, with the true Stanford QB Davis Mills was making his first start as well after K.J. Costello was injured against Northwestern last week. While the former five-star started out the game well, the entire Cardinal

Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer is tackled by USC defensive back Chris Hawkins during the first half of USC quarterback Cody Kessler runs 3 yards for a touchdown against Notre Dame 's Isaac Rochell during the More in USC . USC QB Kedon Slovis returns to practice after concussion.

The 18-year-old Slovis took over for injured starter J.T. Daniels at halftime of the Trojans' season opener and led them to a win over Fresno State. He propelled USC past Stanford one week later with a record-setting performance for a USC freshman quarterback in his first start, passing for 377 yards and three touchdowns.

Despite throwing three interceptions in an overtime loss at BYU one week later, Slovis still ranks second in the FBS in completion percentage (.779), trailing only LSU's Joe Burrow.

Matt Fink replaced Slovis for the past two games, leading USC to a win over the Utes and a loss to the Huskies. Fink went 40 of 62 for 514 yards in his appearances, while Slovis is 60 of 77 for 732 yards.

Both quarterbacks have thrown four interceptions apiece in coordinator Graham Harrell's version of the Air Raid offense. Harrell has been an ardent supporter of Slovis since spring ball, noting the freshman's surprising maturity and an ability to thrive in the up-tempo offensive scheme.

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USC and freshman quarterback JT Daniels could have their hands full with third-ranked Notre Notre Dame is an 11.5-point favorite in Las Vegas, the biggest spread USC has faced against its USC ’s Graham Harrell shows trust in QB Kedon Slovis in first start . Live updates: USC football vs

– Helton and USC spokesperson Tim Tessalone both said they spoke with athletic director Pat Haden on Sunday after Haden collapsed on the sidelines at Notre Dame stadium prior to kickoff. USC QB Kedon Slovis returns to practice after concussion.

''I'm impressed with a lot of things about him, but since the day he's been here, I don't ever think it's been too big of a moment for him,'' Harrell said. ''Never had the big eyes or the deer-in-the-headlights look. He always carries himself with confidence and expects good things to happen.''

USC got more good injury news Tuesday when Helton confirmed that half of his starting secondary could be back in uniform.

Safety Talanoa Hufanga is expected to play at Notre Dame after missing USC's last game with an apparent concussion. Hufanga was in the middle of a breakout sophomore season as the Trojans' leading tackler before his head injury and a shoulder problem, but the bye week helped him greatly, Helton said.

Cornerback Olaijah Griffin also is progressing toward a return Saturday after missing the Trojans' loss at Washington with a back injury, Helton said.

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