Freshman running back Justin Davis is out for the remainder of the season with an ankle injury, USCRipsIt blog revealed in their practice notes of Tuesday.
Davis was USC’s second leading rusher this season with 389 yards on 53 carries. Despite being third choice in the running back rotation after the return of Silas Redd, he also lead the Trojans with six rushing touchdowns.
On Sunday, Davis tweeted hints about the severity of his injury, though the length of his absence was only just became known.
In the most unbearable pain right now
— Justin Davis (@JD_22bsm) October 20, 2013
I guess is just all part of God’s plan I’ll be back though
— Justin Davis (@JD_22bsm) October 21, 2013
Davis’ injury means the Trojans will be without their top two rushers on the season when they face Utah on Saturday. Tre Madden missed the game against Notre Dame with a hamstring injury and has been unable to practice.
In additional injury news, linebacker Lamar Dawson left Tuesday’s practice with a knock while all three of USC’s scholarship tight ends, Xavier Grimble, Randall Telfer and Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick, sat out. Grimble and Telfer are not expected to play on Saturday while Cope-Fitzpatrick’s injury appears less severe. Marqise Lee continues to rehab his knee, but his status for Saturday is still up in the air.
Also missing practice time were wide out Nelson Agholor and safety Dion Bailey.
Orgeron also confirmed Tuesday that lineman Jordan Simmons is out for the season after suffering a “freak” knee injury while leaping in a drill during Monday’s practice.
USC had 53 players play against Notre Dame. Of those, 14 weren’t able to start and/or finish practice today.
— Rich Hammond (@RegisterUSC) October 23, 2013
Rubbing salt in the wound, walk-on running back Taylor Ross had to be taken off the field in an ambulance because of what’s being called a “devastating” knee injury.