Thursday, the USC Trojans will play their first game since the highly-publicized firing of Lane Kiffin when they take on the 3-1 Arizona Wildcats at home in the Coliseum.
It will also be the first game at the helm for interim head coach Ed Orgeron, who doesn’t have the easiest task in front of him to begin this temporary tenure as he gets ready to match up against a pretty potent Arizona squad. And, to make matters worse, he will have to head into this one possibly without his top offensive threat, and definitely without his most dynamic defensive one.
Wide receiver Marqise Lee, still considered one of the best wide receivers in the country despite his team’s lack of success, suffered a sprained knee two weeks ago in the 62-41 loss to Arizona State. While the team was lucky it wasn’t much worse, as it did indeed look a lot worse at the time, it still might be enough to keep Lee out of this Thursday’s contest as Orgeron called Lee “very questionable” to take the field.
On the defensive side of the ball, Orgeron and the Trojans will definitely be without senior linebacker Morgan Breslin, who’s out with a hip injury. On this side of the ball, Breslin not playing is just about as big of a loss as Lee to the offense would be, especially against Arizona’s spread attack. He’s a pass rush specialist that displays incredible quickness that would be valuable to stopping the Wildcats’ attack. Even though he missed most of two games this season, Breslin still has racked up 7.5 tackles and four sacks.