Samuel Richard Darnold is an American football quarterback for the New York Jets of the National Football League. He played college football at USC, and was selected third overall by the Jets in the 2018 NFL Draft. He is also a member of the New England Patriots and the San Francisco 49ers football teams. He has also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New Orleans Saints in the NFL.
About Sam Darnold in brief
Samuel Richard Darnold is an American football quarterback for the New York Jets of the National Football League. He played college football at USC, and was selected third overall by the Jets in the 2018 NFL Draft. He was a two-sport athlete at San Clemente High School, playing football and basketball. After redshirting his freshman year in 2015, he served as the second-string quarterback in 2016 before being named the starter after three games. As a redshirt freshman starter, he set multiple USC freshman records and led the Trojans to nine consecutive wins that culminated with a victory at the 2017 Rose Bowl. Upon winning the Jets’ starting quarterback position in his rookie training camp, he became the NFL’s youngest opening-day starter since the AFL–NFL merger. The Jets drafted him with the third pick of the 2018 draft, and he is expected to start for them in the first game of the season against the Indianapolis Colts. He is also a member of the New England Patriots and the San Francisco 49ers football teams. He has also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New Orleans Saints in the NFL, and has been named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He also played baseball for the University of California, San Diego. He attended San Diego High School and was named South Coast League Most Valuable Player twice. He ended his high school basketball career with 3,000 passing yards and 39 touchdowns, along with 800 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns. He received scholarship offers to play college football from schools like Oregon, Utah, Northwestern and Duke, but chose to play for the USC Trojan football team.
He started playing basketball when he was five years old, and played wide receiver and linebacker, though he played quarterback as a sophomore after the starting quarterback was injured in a game against Tesoro High School. In his senior year, he was named the CIF-Southern Section Southwest Division championship game, where they lost 37–44 to Trabuco Hills High school. He missed much of his junior year with a foot injury. He threw the school record for the most touchdown passes in a games when he threw five on two occasions. He set the USC record for most passing touchdowns by a freshman with 26, ten more than the previous record set by Todd Marinovich against Arizona and California in 1989. He became the first quarterback in school history to throw multiple touchdown passes while throwing multiple touchdowns in eight straight games, while also throwing eight straight touchdowns in the USC win over the #4-ranked Washington Huskies. His first career start with USC against the Utah Utes, he completed 18-of-26 passes for 253 yards and recorded a rushing touchdown-26-26 yards and as USC lost 27–31, including a 26–13 upset over the Utah Huskies as USC did not lose a game for the remainder of the 2014 season. In three games as backup quarterback, he saw limited action, completing 14-of–22 passes for two touchdowns and an interception. In the 2015 season, he redshirted for his freshman season as he was behind Cody Kessler and Max Browne.