The USC Trojans kickoff their final road game of the season tonight in Boulder, and they’ll do so without two of their best –yet hobbled– offensive players. Junior receiver Marqise Lee and senior running back Silas Redd did not make the trip to Colorado, per multiple sources close to the team.
Both players are therefore set to miss the game due to lower body injuries, with the hopes of being available for next week’s showdown with UCLA.
Redd scored a touchdown and played just one drive against Cal two weeks ago, and missed all of the Stanford game, last week.
As for Lee, he suffered a bone bruise on his shin against Stanford, and was last seen hobbling off the field following a pivotal 4th down catch in the game’s final moments.
Lee had to be propped up during postgame interviews with the media, and was severely limited throughout the week in practice.
The 2012 Biletnikoff Award winner injured his knee back in September at Arizona State, and has missed two games this season due to the ailing knee. Following a 5-catch game against Oregon State on November 1st, Lee was sparingly used in the win over Cal two weeks ago in an attempt to rest him up for Stanford.
He has 44 catches on the season, with his best performance coming last week against Stanford. Lee had 6 receptions for 83 yards, including two enormous catches on 4th down and on a two-point conversion.
In Lee’s absence, USC will rely on sophomore Nelson Agholor, who leads the team with 751 receiving yards. Buck Allen started at tailback for Silas Redd last week, and he’s expected to get the bulk of the carries, along with Tre Madden and Ty Isaac.
USC vs. Colorado is set to kickoff at 6:30 p.m. Pacific and will be aired live and in color on the Pac-12 Networks.