The release of USC’s depth chart for the Colorado game week has several key Trojans in doubt as injury trouble piles up for Steve Sarkisian’s squad at the midpoint in the season.
Headlining the health concerns are both starting cornerbacks, Kevon Seymour and Adoree’ Jackson, kicker Andre Heidari and starting fullback Soma Vainuku, who all appear in italics on the depth chart indicating they may be unavailable due to injury.
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Seymour left the game in the first half but returned to finish the contest when Jackson had to come out with an injured hip or groin. Seymour was apparently struggling with a stomach ailment, which he has been recovering from since the offseason,
according to the Orange County Register’s Michael Lev
Vainuku hurt his hamstring in the second half and sat out most of the fourth quarter, also according to Lev.
Heidari missed Saturday with a groin injury and had to be replaced by back up Alex Wood. No update has been given on his status.
Since Seymour was able to continue playing, it’s likely that he will be able to tough it out again this week, but there is an argument to be made that all four should be held out for Homecoming at the Coliseum against a Colorado team with just two wins to its name.
USC is favored by 19 points in that match up, but the Buffaloes have fought hard in their three conference games thus far. They were defeated by ASU by 14 points, then took Cal and Oregon State to the brink in losses of three and five points respectively.
Though Colorado may present a stiffer test than year’s past, when the Trojans have outscored the Buffaloes 277-76, a key Pac-12 south division match up with Utah looms and it may be in USC’s best interest to put trust in players like Jahleel Pinner, Chris Hawkins and Jonathan Lockett to get the job done while their teammates get fully healthy.
The depth chart once again featured running back Tre Madden and linebacker Lamar Dawson as among the italicized. Neither have played a snap this season and both are being considered for medical redshirts with Madden’s turf toe and Dawson’s knee recovery continue to nag.
The Trojans are down to 60 available scholarship players after the removal of wide receiver Victor Blackwell. Sarkisian suited up just 50 of those for the road trip to Tuscon and played 42 players against the Wildcats.
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