Kedon Slovis’s time at USC is drawing to a close.
According to numerous reports, the junior quarterback logged into the transfer portal, which allowed him to find a new school where he could end his student career.
Slovis was a three-year-old in the USC starting lineup, taking over in 2019 after a late-season knee injury suffered by J.T.Daniels in the first game of the season. The following week, Slovis put on an excellent performance, shooting 377 yards and three touchdowns without interception, beating the ranked team from Stanford.
Daniels moved into the next offseason after Slovis established himself as a USC man with a rookie stats line that showed a 71.9% completion rate, 3,502 yards and 30 touchdowns on nine interceptions. He was named Pac-12 Offensive Rookie of the Year.
But Slovis never hit those heights at USC again, as confidence problems persisted in 2020 as he recovered from his 2019 Holiday Bowl elbow injury.
The former three-star prospect has led to several insane sophomore returns, including a fourth-quarter rally, beating UCLA in the Rose Bowl. But Slovis finished with a 67% completion rate and a 17-7 touchdown to intercept ratio. However, he was included in the 2020 All-Pac-12 first team.
Slovis stepped into 2021 hoping to get rid of these problems and establish himself as a top-tier NFL draft pick. He spoke in preseason about how his confidence was restored and how his arm felt strong and ready for the season.
But Slovis ran into trouble again: with three of the four NFL receivers from first year to pro, and two NFL linemen since 2019. Slovis’ execution rate dropped to a career low of 65%, and he hit 11 touchdowns to eight interceptions.
A week 2 neck injury against Washington State opened the door to freshman Jackson Dart, who led USC to victory over the Cougars. After Dart recovered from meniscus surgery, he and Slovis began to split time as quarterback, and in the fourth quarter, Dart gained trust and USC retained the one possession advantage against Arizona.
A shin injury ended Slovis’s season, which has left him missing the last three games.
There was reason to wonder if Slovis would follow his original intention of becoming a pro after this season or transfer. When the USC hired Lincoln Riley, it was considered unlikely that Slovis would remain a Trojan, given that the dual-threat Dart was more suited to attack Riley than Slovis’s pocket passer-by.
But now Slovis has to test the transfer market as he has two seasons left.
He joins former USC players like defender Jake Lichtenstein, midfielders Giuliano Falanico and Raymond Scott, and external midfielder Hunter Echols on the transfer portal.