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Bryan Ellis, USC's new quarterbacks coach, wants to prove he's no babe in the college football woods

Bryan Ellis, USC's new quarterbacks coach, wants to prove he's no babe in the college football woods

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:...

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