The USC quarterback room was stacked when Matt Leinart was a freshman

Matt Leinart watched Caleb Williams win the 2022 Heisman Trophy at USC. He is now seeing Lincoln Riley develop Miller Moss into the next QB1 at his alma mater. Leinart is being asked about the USC glory days in the Pete Carroll era, given that Lincoln Riley is trying to re-create that time but is also not having the level of success many people expected.

Leinart reflected on how loaded the quarterback room was when he stepped into the program as a freshman over 20 years ago. This upcoming season, Miller Moss and Jayden Maiava — a transfer from UNLV — are expected to have a legitimate position battle this coming spring, but it would be reasonable to assume that Moss has the inside track. Maiava would need a huge spring and summer to wrest the quarterback job away from Moss, given that Moss looked so good in the Holiday Bowl against Louisville and is completely trusted by the other players on the USC offense. Moss has earned the respect of the locker room, and that should be no small thing in handicapping who will be the starter for USC’s huge season opener against LSU in Las Vegas on Labor Day weekend. It’s the biggest football game in Las Vegas since Super Bowl LVIII.

Here’s Matt Leinart on his USC playing days:

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