Bryan Ellis didn’t get much sleep last season. He’s expecting even less in the coming months.
But that, he said, just goes with the territory.
Following USC’s 11-3 season and the departure of Tyson Helton, USC coach Clay Helton promoted Ellis from offensive quality control assistant to quarterbacks coach.
This spring, Ellis must develop a replacement for star quarterback Sam Darnold, a two-year starter who led the Trojans to a Rose Bowl victory and a Pac-12 Conference title, and is projected as a top-five pick in the NFL draft this month.
As he dissects video of spring workouts and instructs quarterbacks during practice, Ellis also must stay alert for a phone call:...