How different is Daniels if he had come to Utah? He sits out last year, watching Huntley have an amazing season instead of playing at ASU. Now, he was very good at ASU, but he can’t play in the pocket. He gets to spend a year learning with Ludwig, and working on his play in the pocket and getting his body right.
Instead of starting 2020 for ASU with a bunch of freshmen around him, he gets to start for Utah with 4 returning OL, Nacua, Thompson, Enis, Covey, Kuithe and the RB stable we have behind him.
He gets to play for an offense that doesn’t need him to do anything. He can play like Huntley last year, relying on the run game and taking advantage of the play action game. He doesn’t lose any eligibility.
If he was QB at Utah, Utah would be the favorite in the south (although nobody would be talking about Utah). Utah would win the south with Daniels leading this offense.
We win the south, I’d like our chances vs the Oregon/UW with a QB like Daniels leading us. He is special.
Then, we get to do it all over again the fall of 2021, with the whole team returning. We would be a legit playoff team, Daniels would be in the Hesiman conversation, and a possible top 3 pick in the 2022 NFL draft.
Instead? He had to carry ASU last year, didn’t get to work on his body or play in the pocket, has a limited time to improve on those areas, will have to carry this team this fall for ASU to have a chance, and then in 2021 will have to hope he stays healthy and ASU can figure out their OL or he will be heading into the 2022 draft hoping to be taken on “potential”.
Crazy how one decsion can affect so much.