David Shaw Calls USC's Sam Darnold 'Best Quarterback in the Nation'

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 27, 2017

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, file photo, Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold looks to pass during the first half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game against Penn State in Pasadena, Calif. Darnold was selected to the Associated Press 2016 All-Bowl Team, announced on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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Stanford head football coach David Shaw had heavy praise for USC quarterback Sam Darnold when asked about the Trojans on Thursday.

According to Joey Kaufman of the Orange County Register, Shaw said with regard to USC, "I think they got the best quarterback in the nation."

Darnold was hugely impressive last season as a redshirt freshman, throwing for 3,086 yards, 31 touchdowns and nine interceptions, while rushing for 250 yards and two additional scores.

Although he only saw limited action in an early-season game against Stanford, Shaw likely took note of what Darnold did in the Rose Bowl.

In a thrilling 52-49 win over Penn State, Darnold threw for 453 yards with five touchdowns and one interception to cement his place as one of college football's most promising young quarterbacks.

After such a strong debut season, Darnold enters 2017 as a legitimate contender to take home the Heisman Trophy as college football's top player.

It won't be long before Shaw gets another firsthand look at Darnold, as USC will host Stanford on Sept. 9.