Who Is Miller Moss? Caleb Williams Declaring Opens the Door for the USC Long-Time Backup QB

    With USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams declaring for the 2024 NFL Draft, it might be Miller Moss time in the Memorial Coliseum.

    Miller Moss is the presumed starting quarterback for USC Trojans in 2024 after Caleb Williams declared for the NFL Draft. Having spent three seasons at USC as a backup, Moss will get the opportunity to show his worth in the 2024 season.

    The upcoming college football season will be Moss’s fourth year with USC, but he has taken to the field briefly in his career. From those games, what do we know about Moss?

    Miller Moss’ College Career

    Moss enrolled with USC in 2021 as a four-star recruit out of Bishop Alemany in Mission Hills, California, where he was extremely productive. Moss made the 2020 PrepStar Dream Team in his senior year and received offers from all over the country.

    With offers from the Michigan Wolverines, Alabama Crimson Tide, UCLA Bruins, Tennessee Volunteers, Penn State Nittany Lions, and Miami Hurricanes, Moss wasn’t short of options.

    Moss opted for USC and was an early enrollee after graduating from high school a semester early. The true freshman Trojan saw the field in two games during his first year in Southern California, sitting patiently behind starting quarterback Kedon Slovis.

    In limited action, Moss completed eight passes for 74 yards and one touchdown.

    Although Slovis departed, Lincoln Riley’s arrival at the Trojans, along with his Oklahoma Sooners‘ quarterback, meant Moss remained as a backup. While Williams went on to win the Heisman Trophy, Moss participated in five games, throwing 12 completions for 159 yards and one touchdown.

    Although his game time would be limited to five appearances once more behind Williams in 2023, the end to a disappointing overall season for the Trojans shone a light on his exciting potential should Riley opt to roll with Moss as the starter for the 2024 college football campaign.

    Moss has had to wait his turn behind Williams, getting limited game time in all three seasons. Coming in as a reliever when the games are already over, Moss has 66 completions, 914 passing yards, and nine passing touchdowns in the 11 games he has made appearances.

    With Williams declaring, there is no doubt that Moss has huge shoes to fill in 2024. Taking over from an all-time great in Williams brings a certain level of pressure and expectation.

    However, the glimpses we have seen from Moss have been impressive. The third-year QB started his first game in the 2023 Holiday Bowl after Williams opted out. He put on an absolute clinic, throwing for 372 yards and six touchdowns, earning an honorable mention on the CFN All-Bowl Season Team.

    “Not a bit surprised with how he played,” Riley summarized what he sees in Moss in the immediate aftermath of the Holiday Bowl. “He did a great job. I mean, he might have scared off anybody that wanted to come here, anyway. He was awesome.”

    The performance put to bed any talk of USC entering the transfer portal for a quarterback, which had been speculated widely. Former Kansas State QB Will Howard was expected to sign for the Trojans and had visited USC before transferring to Ohio State.

    At this moment, after years of waiting for his chance, it looks like it’s Moss’ time in the Memorial Coliseum.

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