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USC's kicker Andre Heidari in the Trojans' game against UC Berkeley
USC kicker Andre Heidari played for the first time two weeks ago against UC Berkeley after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.
In last week’s game, Heidari missed two field goals in the Trojans win against Utah in a game that was closer than it probably should have been. One was from 40, the other from 44 yards out, both well within his range. He also had another miss that wasn’t counted because of a penalty.
Heidari hadn’t missed a field goal or extra point attempt all season before last week. And he missed just two all of last season.
If the Trojans want to be legitimate Championship contenders, they’ll have to be perfect going into the rest of the season. That means not leaving points on the field.
If Heidari can stay focused and healthy, he’s pretty much automatic. And that’s exactly what the Trojans need.