His football season is over, but the hype has just begun and dealing with that may be more difficult for Sam Darnold than figuring out Penn State's secondary.
In case you missed it, Darnold, USC's freshman QB, had a game for the ages on Monday night--5 touchdowns for 473 yards--in the Trojans pulsating 52-49 come-from behind Rose Bowl victory over Penn State.
What lies ahead is the good stuff, which certainly should include a Pre-season Top 10 ranking for Darnold and the Trojans and a favorite's role for the 2017 Heisman.
What struck everyone who was watching Darnold for the first time was his poise under pressure--he calmly took the Trojans 80 yards in the final 1:59, ending with a game-tying TD pass in a scoring drive which took just 32 seconds.
There is more, much more, which will be told and retold over the next several months, but for now, Sam Darnold has done more than enough to make him TMG's Newsmaker of the Week.