breaking news

Springfield man accused of whipping pregnant woman with belt

Sam Darnold willing to play for anyone in NFL, including Browns

USC quarterback could be top pick if he enters draft


Cleveland Browns fans who watch the Cotton Bowl on Friday might get a look at their future quarterback.

Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold hasn’t decided whether he will enter the NFL Draft after the season, but if he does, he could be the top overall pick. The possibility of playing for the Browns, who have one victory in the last two seasons and could finish 0-16 this season, won’t deter Darnold.

» RELATED: Buckeyes don’t shy away from expectations

“I honestly don’t really look at it that way,” Darnold said on Wednesday during a press conference at the Omni Dallas Hotel. “Certain guys might look at it that way. But for me, I think it’s been such a dream of mine to play in the NFL that whether I go or whether I stay at USC, to be able to have that opportunity to even play in the NFL and achieve that dream of mine is something that I’ve always looked at, and for an organization to put their trust in me to be able to go out there and play football, I think any opportunity to play for anyone would be amazing and something that I’ve always dreamed of.”

Darnold has thrown 26 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions for the Trojans (11-2), who play the Buckeyes at 8:30 p.m. Friday at AT&T Stadium.

» COTTON BOWL COVERAGE: Wilson praises team’s practicesNotesPhotos from TuesdayNew hair color for Landers

Darnold, a redshirt sophomore, said he will give the decision more thought after the Cotton Bowl. In the meantime, he has gotten advice from his coaches.

“It’s going to be his decision, his family’s decision to make,” offensive coordinator Tee Martin said. “Coach (Clay) Helton has already had one meeting with him and his family. I don’t know if Sam was there. It may have just been his mom and dad. I can’t say what they discussed, but I would think coach Helton was a little biased in that meeting. But Sam has handled everything great. We have had very minor talks and just short discussions.”



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

Arkansas Razorbacks podcast: What’s the ceiling for Chad Morris?
Arkansas Razorbacks podcast: What’s the ceiling for Chad Morris?

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark . — Welcome to SEC Country’s  daily Arkansas Full Tilt Boogie podcast, the most-listened-to Razorbacks podcast in the country. In this episode, John Nabors is joined by Eric Bolin as they look at Arkansas’ ceiling under new football coach Chad Morris, and discuss...
NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players, 2018 NFL Draft order (01/16/2018)
NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players, 2018 NFL Draft order (01/16/2018)

NFL Draft 2018 is almost here, especially with the NFL Playoffs having conference championships this weekend. Find a 2018 NFL mock draft below. Much of the narrative around the 2018 NFL Draft is focused at quarterback. Mock drafts from Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports both have quarterbacks littering the top 10. Here is a collection...
NFL mock draft 2018: Predicting first round, top players for the 2018 NFL Draft (1/16/2018)
NFL mock draft 2018: Predicting first round, top players for the 2018 NFL Draft (1/16/2018)

With the college football season in the books and the NFL playoffs under way, it’s time to look ahead to  2018 NFL Draft.  Plenty of elite players have already declared, like the Alabama trio of  Calvin Ridley,  Da’Ron Payne and  Minkah Fitzpatrick.  ...
Oklahoma men’s basketball flies into top 5, Sooners hire strength coach
Oklahoma men’s basketball flies into top 5, Sooners hire strength coach

Wisconsin-Purdue basketball: Time, how to watch Tuesday game (01/16/2018)
Wisconsin-Purdue basketball: Time, how to watch Tuesday game (01/16/2018)

Wisconsin basketball plays Purdue on Tuesday, Jan. 16. The game starts at 6 p.m. CT. Wisconsin lost at Nebraska on Tuesday to drop to 9-9 this season, including 2-3 in the Big Ten. Wisconsin and Purdue play at 6 p.m. CT on Tuesday, Jan. 16. Time: 6 p.m. CT Date: Tuesday, Jan 16 Location: Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind. Wisconsin and...
More Stories