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USC Trojans WR Steven Mitchell Jr. out for the season

A tough break for Mitchell who was having a solid season.

NCAA Football: Southern California at Arizona Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

USC Trojans wide receiver Steven Mitchell Jr. is out for the season after suffering an ACL tear in his left knee against Arizona on Saturday. Mitchell was attempting to return a kick when he made a cut towards the football. On that cut Mitchell’s knee buckled underneath him and he fell to the ground without being contacted by another player. After an x-ray did not turn up anything of concern an MRI was scheduled which found the ACL tear.

This is not the first major knee injury for Mitchell who also had problems with his right knee prior to his freshman season. Mitchell had 24 receptions for 226 yards and a touchdown on the season. While this is an unfortunate situation for Mitchell he still has one year of eligibility left.

The Trojans will look to other receivers such as Deontay Burnett and Jalen Greene to step up in Mitchell’s absence Clay Helton said during his normal Sunday conference call with the media. Helton expressed his disappointment with the situation and his sympathy for Mitchell. Helton said he plans to use the bye week to evaluate other receivers, including true freshman, as well.

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