USC is hurting

By: Old Hickory Trojan

from the LA Times...

USC bitten by injuries, illness

USC coach Andy Enfield said the Trojans have had 10 healthy players only twice during the first two weeks of practice.

Bennie Boatwright (knee) and Elijah Weaver (ankle) remain sidelined recovering from offseason surgeries, with Boatwright expected back by the end of October and Weaver around Dec. 1. Derryck Thornton started the year with conjunctivitis. He’s returned, but now Kevin Porter Jr. has come down with it. Nick Rakocevic started with an ankle injury. He’s returned, but now Charles O’Bannon Jr. has an ankle injury. Jonah Mathews missed four days with a fever.

“Sometimes we go four on four, sometimes three on three, sometimes we have managers fill in and try to go five on five,” Enfield said. “We’ve had to cancel two intrasquad scrimmages so far. There’s not a whole lot you can do. We have to get healthy. But if you have to choose, you’d rather have it now than during the season. We had some significant early-season injuries and sickness last year, and it cost us a couple games.”

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