LOS ANGELES -- If the rich baritone and golden-throated voice of famed ring announcer Michael Buffer is in attendance on the first day of USC spring football practice, March 8, he'll probably strut majestically through Goux Gate, walk directly to the center of Howard Jones/Brian Kennedy Field, and come to a complete stop.
In his trademark tuxedo, Buffer will then pause for theatrical dramatic effect, slowly turn his regal body toward returning Trojans quarterbacks Max Browne and Sam Darnold, and proceed to do what he does best -- introduce the two competing quarterbacks like it was a 15-round heavyweight title bout.
Taking a deep breath, fans anticipating his every word, Buffer will bellow:
"Fifteen days of competition, it's the battle you've all been waiting for, the ultimate exchange between two prolific quarterback candidates, and a chance to follow in the cleats of some of the greatest USC quarterbacks to ever wear the cardinal and gold.
"First, the defending backup quarterback from the 2015 season, wearing cardinal with an official height of 6-foot-5 and weighing in at 220 pounds. His official career record is no previous career college football starts, no touchdown passes, and is 11-of-19 passes for 143 yards and no interceptions.
"He's from the great state of Washington, the city of Sammamish, and the pride of Skyline High School.
"A former 2012 consensus prep All-America, Gatorade National Player of the Year, former USA Today Offensive Player of the Year, and a former 2012 Parade All-American, who as a high school senior passed for 4,526 yards, 49 touchdowns, with just five interceptions in leading his high school team to a 14-0 record and the Class 4A Washington State championship. He also showed diverse athletic ability by playing basketball at Skyline.
"A communications major who carries a B-plus grade point average at USC, a quarterback whose brother, Mitch, played quarterback at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California.
"The pride of the Great Northwest Apple State, a junior, he wears No. 4, ladies and gentlemen, he is MAXXXXXXXX 'THE MAD BOMBER' BROWNNNNNNNNE!!!!!"
"And now let's meet his opponent.
"Wearing gold, an intense signal-caller who was once the darling of national recruiters everywhere, a player of unusual and uncanny run-pass ability, a player that drew 'oohs and ahhs' from the day he stepped on the Trojans' campus and immediately flashed uncommon poise and ability for a true freshman.
"A heralded redshirt freshman quarterback in 2015 with an official height of 6-foot-4 and weighing in at 215 pounds, his official college playing record is no previous career starts, no touchdown passes, no passing attempts or completions, no real game playing experience; yet he was an impressive performer on the Trojans scout team.
"Hailing from Capistrano Beach, California, in Orange County, a hot-bed of high school quarterbacks that brought USC the likes of Heisman Trophy winners Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart.
"The pride of San Clemente High, a former 2014 Prep All-America, a former Max Preps All-State Division ll first-team selection, who as a senior at San Clemente passed for 2,996 yards, 39 touchdowns, with eight interceptions, and ran for 785 yards and 13 rushing touchdowns.
"In his senior season at San Clemente, he led his team to the CIF Southwest Division Championship Game, and threw for 204 yards and running for 181 yards in that title contest.
"As a senior varsity basketball player, he was his league's MVP, averaging 15 points and nine rebounds per game and was an All-CIF 1AA second-team selection. He was the Orange County Male Athlete of the Year for 2014-15.
"A current communications major at USC, a quarterback candidate with speed afoot.
"The pride of the Golden State, he wears No. 14, ladies and gentlemen, he is SAMMMMMMMMM 'THE SURFER' DARNOLLLLLLLLLLD!!!!!!!!!!!!"
"Your official judges for spring quarterback competition are ... from Sugar Land, Texas, the Trojans head coach Clay Helton ... from Sugar Land, Texas, quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator Tyson Helton ... and from Mobile, Alabama, offensive coordinator Tee Martin.
"Ladies and Gentlemen...for the next 15 days, we are going to witness one the most anticipated quarterback competitions in recent USC memory.
"FOR THE RIGHT TO BE THE STARTING QUARTERBACK FOR THE 2016 USC TROJANS. ARE YOU REAAAAAADY? USC FOOTBALL FANS, I SAID, ... ARE YOU READY?
"FOR THE MANY THAT WILL BE WATCHING SPRING PRACTICE IN PERSON, AND FOR THOSE THAT WILL BE WATCHING HIGHLIGHTS AROUND THE WORLD, FROM THE ENTERTAINMENT CAPITAL OF THE WORLD, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA.
"LLLLLLLET'S GET READY TO RUMBLEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"