In 2008, Mark Sanchez will step in and replace John David Booty as the leader of the USC offense. Sanchez gained valuable experience last season, starting three games when Booty was sidelined due to injury. Sanchez started on the road against Oregon and Notre Dame and at home against the Arizona Wildcats leading the team to a 2-1 record.
During the quarterback competition this spring, Sanchez, who has been in the system the longest, separated himself from Mustain and Corp with his command of the offense and really looked the most comfortable under center.
Along with his fiery style, Sanchez also takes more chances down the field and we could see a more potent deep passing game in 2008. In spring practices and offseason workouts, Sanchez has shown a willingness to go for the big play. Look for players like Damian Williams and Ronald Johnson to emerge as true big-play threats.
Mitch Mustain began his career at Arkansas and had a successful freshman season compiling an impressive 8-0 record as a starter in 2006. Unhappy with his situation at Arkansas, Mustain transferred to USC in 2007.
After transferring to USC, he had to sit out the 2007 football season due to NCAA transfer rules. While Mustain wasn't available to play in games, he made the most of his first year at USC competing against the Trojans' first-team defense everyday at Howard Jones Field.
Mustain gained the respect of his new teammates with his gutty performance everyday on the practice field and opened eyes with his playmaking ability. Mustain along with wide receivers Damian Williams and Brandon Carswell really tested the Trojans ultra-talented secondary.
Mustain has a strong arm, above-average accuracy and made good decisions with the ball this spring while pushing Sanchez for the starting job. He will begin the season No.2 on the depth chart but proved at Arkansas and this spring that he is more than capable of being a starting quarterback.
Aaron Corp is the most raw, but most athletic of the three quarterbacks. The 6-4, 195-pound redshirt
Corp didn't back down from the quarterback battle this spring and displayed improved arm strength to go along with his tremendous athletic ability. When he is under center he can beat the defense with his arm and his feet. The young signal-caller has shown great improvement in his short time at USC and has a very bright future ahead of him.
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