The USC football team is gearing up for a new era of competition and preparing to take on a formidable foe: Florida State.
The Trojans will open spring practice on Aug, 31 and will face Florida State in the season opener at Levi’s Stadium on Sept. 6, the school announced Thursday.
The team also announced that starting quarterback Jalen Hurts will begin his sophomore season on the practice squad, per the school’s release.
Hurts started five games for the Trojets in 2016, completing 55 percent of his passes for 2,077 yards and 11 touchdowns.
His final three games of that season came in Week 10, when he threw for 1,723 yards with nine touchdowns.
The former three-star recruit from California was a five-star prospect who transferred from the University of Southern California and has been rated as a four-star by 247Sports.
He will compete for a starting job with senior Kyle Murphy, who will also be a three-year starter.
The announcement of Hurts’ return was welcomed by the Trojeans’ recruiting class, which included three of their five players in the 2016 class, with the four-stars from South L.A. leading the way with four of their top five players.