The USC Trojans defensive front just got a bit thinner next season. Per Ryan Abraham of USCFootball.com Noah Jefferson will transfer out of the USC Football program for personal reasons.
Jefferson played in the season opener against Alabama and recorded 3 tackles during the Trojans blowout loss to the Crimson Tide. He was hit with a sprained shoulder during the season opener and then returned home due to personal reasons shortly after. Jefferson never got a chance to see the field or return to practice as head coach Clay Helton held him out to catch up on his academics.
The sudden transfer of Noah Jefferson could hurt the Trojans next season. USC will lack some good size up the middle especially with Stevie Tu’ikolovatu graduating. Also USC is already thin at Defensive Tackle. Jefferson was expected to have a huge season and could’ve played a huge role in next season’s team. However the Trojans survived without him for most of this season, but his presence will be missed. At 6’6, 315 pounds, Jefferson would’ve brought some size and athleticism to the middle for the Trojans next season.
Clancy Pendergast will have a task at working his defense with the some huge departures, however with the job he and defensive line coach Kenechi Udeze this season, I wouldn’t put it past them to have the middle ready to go for 2017. Time will tell how USC will fill the void of Jefferson, but it might be a tough task to accomplish.
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