There have been many injuries going on throughout college football, but none may be as big as what has happened to the USC Trojans. According to Garry Paskwietz of ESPN, wide receiver George Farmer has suffered a torn ACL and MCL. He will miss the remainder of the offseason drills, as well as the entire college football season.
According to the report, Farmer was running a non-contact drill and planted his leg wrong. An MRI earlier this week revealed the damage and ended a promising season before it could even get started.
The injury bug didn't stop there, as 2013 recruit Su'a Cravens will have surgery on a torn meniscus. According to the Paskwietz report, he is expected to miss up to four to six weeks, which gives him plenty of time to be available for fall camp.
The real damage here is the injury that Farmer has suffered. Scout.com had labeled the receiver a 5-star recruit coming out of the 2011 class, but he had yet to really hit his potential. Struggling to break free of the overwhelming depth and dealing with injuries in the past, Farmer has produced just five receptions and 49 yards in his first two years on campus.
He was considered the No. 3 receiver on the roster and was really going to take on an increased workload, according to Johnny Curren of ESPN.
“George is making plays,” USC head coach Lane Kiffin said. “We need him to make the hard plays -- down the field, to go up and get the ball and take it away and be physical. We know how fast he is, we know he can run by people, but you have to make those plays, and he’s doing that.”
Looking better than ever in practice and looking to provide a big impact in this offense, this is yet another crushing blow to the talented receiver that just can't catch a break. Hopefully Farmer can have a speedy recovery and be ready for another shot once preparation for the 2014 regular season begins.
As for Cravens, he is expected to compete for one of the starting safety spots. In a USC secondary that lost a ton of depth, he is easily one of the more talented players and is sure to see immediate playing time as a true freshman. Thankfully the injury doesn't appear to be serious, and he will be ready to go once the next set of practices begins later in the year.