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Marqise Lee, Morgan Breslin Doubtful for USC vs. Arizona

The Trojans convened at Howard Jones field Tuesday for another spirited session under interim head coach Ed Orgeron. Orgeron revealed two important tidbits to the media after practice: first, he announced that Marqise Lee (knee), is doubtful to suit up against Arizona.

Lee injured his knee returning a punt against Arizona State two weeks ago, and has yet to practice since. Orgeron has not revealed specific details surrounding Lee’s prognosis, just that he will continue to miss time.

The interim head coach also all but said outside linebacker Breslin is definitely out for Thursday’s tilt with the Wildcat, as he continues to nurse a hip injury.

Orgeron also told the media that he has brought on Pete Jenkins as an assistant defensive line coach, though the hire is still pending.

With Lee out, expect Nelson Agholor to shoulder the bulk of USC’s receptions, with possible cameo appearances from back up receivers Victor Blackwell and Darreus Rogers, pending Rogers being fully-recovered from an ankle sprain he sustained against Boston College in week three. USC’s tight ends, Randall Telfer and Xavier Grimble could be major role players on Thursday. On defense, redshirt freshman Jabari Ruffin will start in place of Breslin.

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  • disqus_5mzWKSTg3O

    Time for the 2′s to step up. Hopefully, Orgeron will do a better job of preparing the entire team.
    Under Kiffin, it seemed practices and games fixated on having a clear hierarchy of players. 1s, 2′s, etc.
    It seemed like the back ups were never involved enough to step in as was with the case of Carroll coached USC teams. Look around, everyone is rotating 2, 3 deep and with success. What’s a slap in the face is that many of USCs back ups are better than other teams starters, let alone their backups, yet do not perform at that level. Let’s see what Orgeron can do.

    • Matthew Moreno

      You raise a valid issue. I’ve wondered why we haven’t seen more of Jabari Ruffin, Scott Starr, and others who have already used their redshirt year.

      I too have questioned player development at USC because I’ve felt like it’s been relatively nonexistent. The star guys come in and perform, but a trademark of Carroll’s teams was getting contributions from unexpected sources and that was largely absent under Kiffin.

      In fairness, USC is “deep” at some positions, but as a whole, they aren’t and a big reason is because of the scholarship reductions.