Zach Banner and the USC football offensive line were stuck in an elevator Friday evening, posting videos of their predicament including a rap tune.
SOS! The USC football offensive line found themselves trapped in an elevator Friday night, in a predicament that may rival the airport stranding of Trojan tight end Connor Spears before the Holiday Bowl last year.
Trojan right tackle Zach Banner began posting videos from inside the elevator at 6:30 p.m. with his teammates packed tightly into the enclosed space.
Among the players on the elevator with Banner were offensive linemen Khaliel Rodgers, Toa Lobendahn, Jordan Austin, Jordan Simmons, Chuma Edoga and Viane Talamaivao.
Not long after that first tweet, Banner posted a second video of the fire department speaking to the players, who were trapped inbetween floors.
Despite refreshments visible in the previous video, Banner, who was sweating profusely, feared the worst and offered up a video will.
A subsequent video featured a cry for help from the desperate right tackle, who had clearly begun to lose his mind.
Next, the situation worsened as one of the big men was stricken with a bout of flatulence. With tensions rising, Banner accused Toa Lobendahn and Jordan Austen of dropping the bomb.
Of course, the teammates rallied to compose a catchy tune as they waited for rescue entitled “The Elevator Rap.”
Half an hour after his first message, Banner reported low battery life as the firemen prepared to lower the elevator to the next floor. Thankfully for the Trojans, they were just kidding about a two-hour time frame for the rescue.
“Free at last!” read the tweet from guard Jordan Simmons, accompanied by a video of the players walking in the open air once their ordeal had finally ended.
Banner also reported the good news.
With USC’s offensive line averaging roughing 325 pounds per man, it probably shouldn’t be a surprise that the elevator said ‘no más.’
The Trojans finished up spring camp last Saturday with the annual spring game, and with the players now out of the faulty elevator, they’ll be looking forward to starting player-run practices soon.