Tre Madden was the biggest story of Spring Camp for the Trojans, as he moved from linebacker to running back to give the Trojans some much needed depth at running back. “Was” is the keyword however, as news has broken today that Madden has torn a ligament in his knee, causing him to miss the 2012 season.
USC RB Tre Madden is out for the 2012 season after tearing a ligament in his left knee, the school has confirmed
— Pedro Moura (@PedroMoura) April 6, 2012
Madden injured the knee on Thursday in a fluke injury, as he fell untouched. He will undergo surgery to repair the ligament, with the recovery time for ligament injuries ranging from 6 to 12 months, forcing Madden to redshirt and still giving him three years of eligibility remaining.
The USC backfield is once again dependent on the health of Curtis McNeal and D.J. Morgan, and dangerously thin. When Nelson Agholor comes into the camp in the fall, he may be forced to see more time at running back than originally thought, or used perhaps as George Farmer was used last season, as a scat back who was used through screen passes and dumps.
Regardless of how the rest of the depth chart breaks down for the Trojans, losing Madden was a huge loss for Lane Kiffin’s offense, even though no one would have said that a month ago.