He is the not the famous choice. He is not the flashy choice. Popularity polls wouldn’t pick him. Hollywood wouldn’t take him.
The new face of arguably the nation’s most glamorous college football program is only recognizable when his face is shrouded in a baseball cap.
But he pulls that cap low, and tightens that jaw, and runs the football, and stresses the fundamentals, and commands the respect of kids who on Saturday ran through a powder-blue wall for him.
Clay Helton does not possess one ounce of Showtime, but he is pure Fight On, and the Trojans smartly recommitted themselves to the essence of that motto Monday