Former USC quarterback Sam Darnold, the third-overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, will most likely be the starter for the Jets. (Daily Trojan file photo)Former USC quarterback Sam Darnold will be the starting quarterback for the New York Jets for the Week 1 matchup against the Detroit Lions on Sept. 10, according to the NFL Network. He is the youngest quarterback to start a season opener in NFL history, at 21 years and 97 days old. Darnold was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, coming off a successful career at USC. In 2016, he led the Trojans to a nine-game win streak and a legendary Rose Bowl victory against Penn State. As a redshirt freshman, Darnold pulled off a 52-49 win to claim the title surrounded by current Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II and Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Juju Smith-Schuster. In his two years at USC, he threw for a total of 7,229 yards and 57 touchdowns. He constantly struggled with turnovers but could still manage to pull off the win. Darnold’s USC career ended with a disappointing Cotton Bowl appearance where the Trojans were defeated 24-7 by Ohio State.When the NFL Draft rolled around, there was a high probability of Darnold going as the No. 1 pick to the Cleveland Browns; but the Browns went with Heisman Trophy winner and Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield instead. The Jets took Darnold to become their next franchise player, and he was immediately placed in the New York spotlight to impress the coaches over the summer. “He’s everything you’re looking for in a young quarterback as far as the ability to go out there, and the game isn’t too big for him,” Jets offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates told ESPN after preseason Week 3. “The stage isn’t too big for him. Really, when the lights come on, he gets better.”Darnold came out in the first two preseason games ready to show off his talent. In Week 1 of the preseason against the Atlanta Falcons, he led the team to a 17-0 win by throwing 96 yards and completing 13-of-18 passes. He topped off his debut by throwing his first NFL touchdown. Preseason Week 2 was less of a show, as Darnold compiled only 62 yards, one interception and no touchdowns. The rookie put up a 64.4 percent completion rate for 244 yards with two total touchdowns in preseason so far. Darnold has always had a calming presence on the field and an impressive ability to make reads, both areas in which he impressed the Jets staff. Darnold’s preseason starts were strong hints that he would take the starting spot, but it became obvious when quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was traded to the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday. New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles and his staff expect to make the decision official after Thursday, when the Jets play the Philadelphia Eagles in their final preseason game.
10. So who will be the team to beat in the SCBL?â€¦Oxford is a nice choice. But the Wildcats have West Elk and Udall looming at the end of the season. Both of those teams are expected to be the SCBL No. 1 and 2 teams according to the prognosticators.South Haven and Caldwell are expected to be in the top tier as wellFollow us on Twitter. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” The Sumner County football season will start tomorrow. Here are 10 things you will need to know…1. Conway Springs will be in top formâ€¦The Cardinals will be hosting the Bluestem Lions tomorrow in what should be an easy win for Conway Springs which is currently ranked No 2. in the preseason VarsityKansas.com poll.Conway Springs has 15 returning lettermen, seven offensive starters, six defensive starters to a 52-man roster.Anyone who knows anything about Conway Springs, knows the programâ€™s propensity to run. The Cards return over 2,000 yards and 33 TDs from the 2013 squad. Good luck stopping that Bluestem. 5. Will Belle Plaine rebound?Â Belle Plaine had a miserable 0-9 season in 2013. Not sure if 2014 will be much better. League prognosticators have them slated 10th in the 10-team CPL. But the Dragons have 10 returning starters playing for second year head coach Jason Jinkins and have the opportunity to get off to a good start.The Dragons host Medicine Lodge on Friday, which is predicted to finish eighth in the league. Belle Plaine hosts Bluestem in week #3. 4. And exactly how long have the Conway Springs coaches been there?The Cardinals may have the most experienced coaching staff in the state. Matt Biehler will be embarking on his sixth year as head coach. All told, Conway Springs has 62 years accumulative coaching experience amongst its assistants Fred Cottrell, Brent Martens, Gregg Hullinger, Ryan King, Darrin Seiwert and Brent Andra. Add in Biehlerâ€™s 17 years in Conway Springs and thatâ€™s 79 years total cumulative coaching years. 6. Look to see Caldwell return to top formâ€¦The Bluejays were snake bit in 2013 with a rash of injuries that led to a 3-6 season after sky-high expectations. But those injuries have healed and third year head coach Sean Blosser is returning seven starters to its eight-man lineup.Those starters include:Darin Ward QB/DB,Trent Kendrick RB/LB,Hunter Stuewe OL/DL,Ian Young OL/DL,Ross Kuehny OL/DL,Sam Wencel TE/DE,Kaden Halling RB/DB,Kyler Bruey TE/LB,Colten Ward DB. 7. Itâ€™s season two for Argonia/Atticaâ€¦Â The A&A Titans were much better as a consolidated unit in 2013 then what they were if the two schools played individually. The Titans went 5-4 in 2013 and that bodes well for them as they will play for a postseason berth for the first time. The group has six seniors, seven juniors, four sophomores and five freshmen.The big player coming back for A&A is Alec McDaniel who threw for 1,166 passing yards and 22 touchdowns and just three interceptions. He also had 678 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns out of the pistol formation.Others to watch on the T&T team include: Devon Newberry, Garret Wells and Doss Grigsby. 8. South Havenâ€™s empty sidelinesâ€¦Â South Haven graduated some players from 2013 but the biggest void of all will be left by David Hughes, the longtime head football coach at South Haven. Hughes, after more than a decade of success, stepped down to move to Wakefield High School where he will be closer to his daughters near Manhattan and coach as an assistant.The new coach is Dexter Carpenter, who was the former Oxford junior high coach. Carpenter should have some players to work with from last yearâ€™s 8-2 squad. Zach Pounds, 185 pound junior, returns as a second team all-league running back. Parker Ray, 180, sr. will return as a second team defensive lineman. 3. Seniors galore.Â Conway Springs will have significant senior leadership. Travis Wood, a 6-3, 190 pound, senior; and Luke Fisher at 5-11, 205 pound, senior will return as the top running backs and linebackers.J.J. Fisher, a 6-3, 225, sr. will play fullback and defensive end. Drake Kreifels (5-8, 215) sr. is at tight end.The offensive line is loaded with returning senior starters. Sheldon Holland (5-9, 175) sr.; Logan Creek (6-5, 295) sr.; and Michael Ramirez (6-0, 220) sr. head up a very tenacious line. 9. Can Oxford win the SCBL?â€¦This might be the Wildcats time. Shawn Burkes, who is returning for his ninth season at the Oxford helm, has a lot to work with. There are 11 returning starters including:Colton Silhan, 6-0, 185, sr. FB/LB;Daelyn Haskins 5-7, 160, sr. RB/LB;Oggie Shimkus, 6-1, 190,sr. C-DE;Tim Catlin, 6-1, 160, sr. TE-FS;Kody Keon 5-7, 185, sr. TE-NG-K.Burkes said the key to Oxfordâ€™s success is developing the offensive and defensive line. 2. So will anyone in the Central Plains League be able to stop the Cards?Â Well there may be an upset lurking somewhere. And there is also a chance for an astroid to hit earth tonight while we are sleeping. When was the last time Conway Springs was upset in a regular season game?The Central Plains League Championship has hinged on the battle between Garden Plain and Conway Springs. But that changed in 2013, when Garden Plain took a dip, going 4-5 and leaving the Cardinals alone at the top.Will the Owls be back to top form? Maybe. But will they be able to challenge a senior-loaded Conway Springs this year? Maybe not. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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