Sam Darnold’s redshirt freshman campaign electrified the college football world, and it has caused some NFL fan bases to embrace a “Suck for Sam” mentality.
But the USC quarterback believes that an NFL team shouldn’t adopt that mindset.
“I don’t think any team should tank their season because of me,” Darnold said Tuesday on SportsCenter. “I’m just taking this every day, one day at a time, and that’s all I can do.”
In 2016, Darnold completed 67.2 percent of his passes while throwing for 3,086 yards and 31 touchdowns. He was the backup for Max Browne for the first three games. Once he was thrown into the fire as a starter, Darnold led the Trojans to nine straight wins to finish the season.
After he finishes this season, Darnold can apply for entry to the 2018 NFL Draft as a redshirt sophomore. When asked about a report from NFL.com that said the gunslinger could stay in school for two more years, he seemingly only wants to focus on this upcoming season.
“I’m really just taking it one year at a time, honestly,” Darnold said. “That’s my mindset.”
You can watch Darnold’s entire interview on SportsCenter below.