During USC’s spring practice, Trojans were seemingly dropping like flies. Over 20 players missed action in the spring game due to the mounting injuries, and head coach Lane Kiffin even needed an alumni player, Jeremy Galten, to suit up in place of spring casualties. During a teleconference on Monday afternoon however, Kiffin spoke about injuries and is confident that outside of George Farmer’s torn ACL, none of the spring setbacks will carry over to the fall.
“We are on schedule to have everyone on some participation level by fall practice,” said Kiffin, asserting health by August.
Other than Farmer’s ACL, key injuries included meniscus tears to both Silas Redd and Su’a Cravens, a fractured chest to Xavier Grimble, and lower body injuries put Randall Telfer, Darreus Rogers and Max Wittek on the shelf for parts of camp.
The Trojans also will get the added benefits of having Tre Madden in contact drills, plus the addition of incoming freshmen like Steven Mitchell at receiver, Ty Isaac at running back and Khaliel Rodgers at center.
USC will open their fall camp on Saturday, August 3rd, giving them four weeks of practice to prepare for their season opener in Hawai’i on August 29th.