Bennie Boatwright, USC’s second-leading scorer, will miss the rest of the season because of a left knee injury suffered in its last-second win over Oregon on Thursday night, the school announced.
Boatwright was scheduled to undergo an MRI earlier Friday. In a press release, USC said Boatwright injured the patella in his left knee. He will not undergo surgery, but is expected to be sidelined for several months.
It is the same left knee that the 6-foot-10 forward hurt last season, spraining the medial collateral ligament, an injury that caused him to miss two months. He had previously missed four games
Player: Devon Williams
Position: Wide receiver
Size: 6-4, 200
High school/JC: Antelope Valley
Rankings: 4-star (Rivals); 4-star (ESPN)
Other schools: Oregon, Utah
Info: Ranked as the No. 1 athlete in this class, according to ESPN, caught 71 passes for 1,147 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior, in addition to playing on defense at linebacker and safety.
Outlook: Picked USC over Oregon in a slight upset, becoming the second receiver in the Trojans’ signing class.Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/07/antelope-valley-wr-devon-williams-signs-with-usc/
LOS ANGELES — The absence of De’Anthony Melton continued Tuesday night against Princeton, as USC withheld the sophomore guard for a 10th consecutive game.
Melton has not played this season as the university investigates his eligibility. Federal prosecutors have accused a family friend of accepting $5,000 in order to steer Melton toward an agent and sports marketer, a potential violation of NCAA amateurism rules.
The Pac-12 Conference schedule starts a week from Friday, when USC hosts Washington.
Although Melton has been sidelined for nonconference play, the Trojans had otherwise been healthy, at least until this week.
At tipoff against Princeton, their final nonconference
LOS ANGELES — USC is increasingly likely to be without linebacker Porter Gustin for the Cotton Bowl against Ohio State later this month.
Gustin, who has missed most of this season due to setbacks following his September surgery for a toe fracture, has not practiced since late October.
Asked after a practice Tuesday if he would play in the Dec. 29 game, Gustin said, “It’s out of my hands, a very, very small chance.”
Gustin then entered the locker room underneath the McKay Center.
The Trojans have remained hopeful Gustin might still return for a bowl game, though he missed their last five
USC (22-9) vs. CENTRAL ARKANSAS (27-4)
First Serve: Friday, 7 p.m. Galen Center
Update: No. 14 USC begins the NCAA Tournament hosting Southland Conference champion Central Arkansas in the first meeting between the two programs. USC is 17-3 in NCAA matches held in the Galen Center and is the No. 10 seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament. This year is USC’s 27th consecutive NCAA appearance, and the Trojans are led by Khalia Lanier (4.10 kills per set), Brittany Abercrombie (3.15 kills per set), and Niki Withers (2.55) kills per set.
The University of San Diego and LSU will play at 5
The past three seasons have seen USC enter its rivalry game against UCLA with its Pac-12 South championship aspirations also at stake.
Last season, the Trojans defeated the Bruins to stay in contention behind Colorado in the race, before entering the final weekend of the regular season. When they prevailed in 2015, their victory clinched the division.
Then there was 2014, when the Trojans were eliminated from contention by a Brett Hundley-led bunch.
This Saturday will differ.
USC has already wrapped up the Pac-12 South, following last weekend’s 38-24 victory at Colorado, and will appear in the conference championship next month. The 87th