Lost in all of the hubbub around national signing day yesterday was a little nugget from CBS Sports regarding departing USC edge rusher Morgan Breslin.
Dane Brugler named Breslin the top NFL combine snub at linebacker, then floated an idea that could excite Trojan fans:
Linebacker – Morgan Breslin, USC
A junior college transfer last year, Breslin burst onto the scene with a team-best 13.0 sacks for the Trojans in 2012. However, he battled injuries this past season as a senior, finishing with just 4.5 sacks in five games. Breslin underwent hip surgery in November and might be trying to receive a medical hardship waiver to play in 2014 for the Trojans.
Breslin was one of the few bright spots of and disappointing 2012 and one of the disappointments of the whirl-wind 2013 season. In his absence, the Trojans saw J.R. Tavai emerge and Devon Kennard thrive in his absence.
The possibility that Breslin could return in 2014 by obtaining a medical redshirt was discussed when it was announced in November that the senior would miss the rest of the season. Breslin played in five games for the Trojans, which puts him in an questionable position according to the NCAA rule, which reads as follows:
- The student-athlete must suffer the injury during one of their four seasons of college competition or during the senior year of high school.
- The injury must be incapacitating. That means it must be a season-ending injury.
- The injury must occur prior to the start of the second half of the season.
- The student-athlete must not have competed in more than 30% of the season or three contests, whichever is greater.
Since USC played 14 games in 2013, 30% of the season would equal 4.2 games. In that case, the NCAA would have to round up in order to award Breslin an extra year of eligibility.
If Breslin does indeed continue on to the NFL, NFLdraftscout.com projects him to go in the fourth round.