If there’ is one thing WR George Farmer can’t shake, it’s the injury bug.
In the two years he has been at USC, Farmer has been hindered by one injury or another, preventing him from living up to that highly-coveted status that he came into Troy with, alongside Serra High classmate Marqise Lee.
Farmer was hard at work having his most productive stretch of practices at USC this spring. He was vying for a spot in the wide receiver rotation in 2013, showing that speed and agility that he was heralded for having when he began his college career. To his chagrin, Farmer experienced yet another setback on Tuesday when he went down hard in practice and had to be carted off the field with a knee injury. He is scheduled to have an MRI on Wednesday.
The injury came during drills, when Farmer caught a wide open pass and then fell to the ground, grabbing his left knee. If the injury proves to be serious it will be a huge blow not only to Farmer’s career, but also to USC’s stock of available athletes.
The Trojans have already lost starting tailback Silas Redd and tight end Xavier Grimble for the spring, the two having suffered a torn meniscus and a chest fracture, respectively. Furthermore, QB Max Wittek missed some time because of as sprained MCL, and WR Marqise Lee has yet to return from a knee injury of his own.
Nelson Agholor has had the best spring after Lee and is expected to start opposite him come the fall, though Farmer was making a strong push for the No. 3 spot. With him potentially out for the spring, that opens up a competition amongst redshirt senior De’Von Flournoy, redshirt sophomore Victor Blackwell and freshmen Darreus Rogers and Steven Mitchell.
Farmer has experienced a most unfortunate series of events through two years in Troy, and the MRI that he will have later today will determine whether he-and the Trojans–can exhale a sigh of relief, or one of disappointment.