Romello Height, the sting rusher who transferred from Auburn to USC to stabilize the Trojans’ go rush, is prone to miss the remainder of this season after present process surgical procedure on his injured shoulder this week.
Height performed solely briefly by way of the Trojans’ first two video games whereas coping with the lingering harm. He sat out final Saturday’s assembly with Fresno State, within the hope that his shoulder would possibly enhance with relaxation, coach Lincoln Riley stated on the time.
A couple of days later, Height had surgical procedure, which Riley stated Thursday would require “a long-term recovery.” He then clarified that the redshirt sophomore is prone to miss the remainder of the season.
“We’ll see how it progresses,” Riley stated.
With Height out, the sudden emergence of one other switch go rusher, Solomon Byrd, couldn’t come at a extra lucky time for USC. The Trojans have been depleted at rush finish for the reason that spring, when Height separated himself as one of many few early standouts on the place.
Byrd didn’t arrive till fall camp, and he acquired simply 5 snaps in USC’s opener. However ever since, he’s been a pressure off the sting for the Trojans’ protection, with three sacks and a fumble in two video games.
His rise has left Riley feeling “fine” concerning the state of the place with out Height.
“Obviously we’ve talked a lot about Solomon and him stepping up,” Riley stated. “Korey [Foreman] is improving and does a lot of really good things, and I think he’ll get more consistent. And then we’ve worked hard to develop some depth. Having some of those guys out at times has allowed us to shuffle the lineup and we’ve got some different skill sets on that defense that we can make work. And then also, that’s where having a creative defensive staff is important. Because sometimes when you lose guys, you’ve got to think outside the box.”