Radio play-by-play commentator Pete Arbogast summed up the Trojans injury situation best, "The only guy that was relatively healthy out there was Cody Kessler," he said during the game broadcast. What you see on the page truly sums up the feelings of desperation around a roster that faces quite the uphill challenge on the injury front.
Weapons Dropping Like Flies
Receiver Marqise Lee sat out the second half against Notre Dame after injuring his left knee and he is questionable for Saturday's game, Orgeron said. Unfortunately for the Biletnikoff winner, his lasting memory over the weekend was a dropped pass in the end zone, resulting in a negative drive for the Trojans offense.
Darreus Rogers meanwhile returned for his first game since Boston College, filled the void rather nicely catching six passes for 60 yards. Much like his other play-making counterparts however, Rogers left the game in pain during the second half and did not return. With Victor Blackwell relatively inactive, the fading hopes of healthy WR's rest in the hands of De'Von Flourney and walk-ons Robby Kolanz and George Katrib to provide much-needed depth.
I guess is just all part of God's plan I'll be back though— Justin Davis (@JD_22bsm) October 21, 2013
Justin Davis Out, Tre Madden recovering
Tre Madden, who started the first six games, sat out against Notre Dame because of a hamstring injury. Orgeron said the sophomore was not ready to practice but that his condition might be improved by the end of the week. Unfortunately for the running game, freshman standout Justin Davis, who left the field in visible pain Saturday has been officially ruled out this week. Luckily for the Trojans, Silas Redd has returned to the backfield with a vengeance these past two weeks racking in over 90 yards rushing against both Arizona and Notre Dame.
Co-starters Xavier Grimble and Randall Telfer out
The Trojans took a big hit to their passing attack when both Randall Telfer and Xavier Grimble were forced to exit the game with injuries. This left the offense with Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick, a redshirt sophomore best known for his improved blocking, who just recorded his first career reception against Arizona.
Following a porous game from members of the Trojans secondary, coach Orgeron speculated that safety Josh Shaw may back to cornerback this week against Utah. Kevon Seymour remains a viable option on the strong side of the field, but a slew of injuries to Devian Shelton, Anthony Brown and Torin Harris have created a swinging gate at the position that has been torn apart by opposing quarterbacks in the past three weeks.
Final Thoughts On Game Week
The Utes have not beaten Troy in the Coliseum since 1916, including a loss in 2011 in the first-ever Pac-12 football game. Both teams will be looking to bounce back from tough losses last weekend after getting inspiring victories the previous week. Finally for some good news, USC is 8-3 against Utah including last season's 38-28 road victory.