USC Football Rush End Korey Foreman has missed close to two weeks of practice due to injury, and questions surrounding his availability have been tainting what fans were hoping to be a very positive fall camp. On Thursday, when Foreman missed another practice, USC Defensive Coordinator Alex Grinch didn't sugarcoat anything.
“That position’s got to get shored up here really, really quick or it’s going to be an interesting first couple of weeks,” said Grinch.
That's what Grinch had to say about USC's Rush End spot on the defense. Because Romello Height also missed practice on Thursday too. If USC really wants to expedite this defensive rebuild next year, they'll need a big season from one or both of these guys. According to Ryan Kartje of the LA Times, however, Grinch is "very concerned" about how these injuries affect the depth at Rush End:
It's fair for USC Football Defensive Coordinator Grinch to be concerned for Korey Foreman and Height as individuals.
If Grinch is even saying that he's "concerned," it's clearly something to keep an eye out for, and to remember as the Trojans come into this season. That being said, it's also important to express concern for Foreman's injury, but not decide that he's a bust and that he definitely won't make an impact this season.
He's too talented to jump the gun and decide that these fall camp injuries that haven't even kept him out of games have proven to be his downfall. He still has this season to play and the next.
Again, it's important to temper expectations for the Rush End spot due to the two biggest hopefuls at the position not getting that development time in fall camp (Foreman in particular). That being said, neither of these guys had already proven to be high-impact players in the first place.
The high hopes for Foreman were based off of his talent as the No. 12 recruit in 247Sports history. And, despite that talent not being on the practice field, it's still within Foreman. Nobody loses talent. The No. 2 recruit in all of America for the 2021 class (247Sports) still has as high a ceiling as any, and still has the chance to explode as one of the top players on the defense this season.