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Pac-12 Confidential

Bud Withers offers an inside look at the Pac-12 Conference and the national college scene.

August 9, 2013 at 9:24 PM

USC’s irreplaceable Marqise Lee injures shoulder in practice

Two weeks ago today, at Pac-12 media day, USC football coach Lane Kiffin was musing on the thought that every college team needs to be a little lucky with injuries, especially the Trojans, whose numbers are down because of NCAA scholarship sanctions.

“Two years ago (the Trojans went 10-2), we had low numbers and were able to play really well,” Kiffin said. “We can control some of it and we can’t control some of it. If you have a bunch of injuries and you’re already low, it’s going to impact you and we saw that last year.”

Well, the Trojans may have suffered a big one Friday. Marqise Lee, the Biletnikoff winner and a real candidate for the Heisman Trophy, suffered a shoulder injury of undetermined severity. Here’s ESPN.com’s link.

If Lee is out for any length of time, it could impact his status for a Pac-12 opener against Washington State Sept. 7, the second week of the season.

But there’s a possible silver lining for the Trojans, whose schedule is light the first half of the season.

Kiffin said what most coaches say when a player gets hurt: “Next guy up.” But it rings a little hollow with a player the caliber of Lee.

 

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