Dec. 31, 2012; El Paso, TX, USA; Southern California Trojans tight end Xavier Grimble (86) runs with the ball during the second half against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the Sun Bowl at Sun Bowl Stadium. The Yellow jackets beat the Trojans 21-7. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

USC Spring Camp: TE Xavier Grimble Out With "Fractured Chest"

Lane Kiffin told the media after practice that tight end Xavier Grimble will miss the remainder of spring camp, as he has a chest fracture.

Grimble sat out of the last practice before break because of a rib injury, and it appears now that it will keep him out even longer. He is expected to be healed and ready to go by the fall, however.

The redshirt junior is one of USC’s most reliable offensive options, though we did not see too much of him in 2012. When we did, he impressed: he had 29 catches for 316 yards and five touchdowns, and started nine games but appeared in all 13. His 6’5″, 255-pound frame makes him not only a large target, but also a difficult one to bring down.

While Grimble recovers, fellow redshirt junior Randall Telfer and sophomore Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick will split time for the rest of camp. This is a huge opportunity for Cope-Fitzpatrick to work his way into the rotation for the fall by showing head coach Lane Kiffin now that he is ready for more responsibility.

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