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Former USC Trojan LB Quinton Powell hospitalized with coronavirus symptoms

Powell is now urging ‘everyone to take it serious’

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The coronavirus pandemic is sweeping through the country like a tru unseen enemy. While the virus has had it’s meddling hands in the closures and cancellations of sporting events, it hadn’t quite hit the USC Football directly on until today.

USC becomes the latest program to be directly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak after it was revealed that former linebacker Quinton Powell was hospitalized over the weekend with symptoms consistent with coronavirus.

Powell said that he urges people to take it seriously.

“All I want is for everyone to take it serious,” Powell said to USCFootball.com. “Stay inside with people you know and trust because this isn’t a joke. I’ve been in a hotel room away from people going on two days now. And I haven’t been well at all. So social distancing is very important at this moment. We have been outside all our lives, what is it to take a month or so to spend time with family.”

He then went on further to talk about it on Instagram, saying:

“Been scared since yesterday man. Y’all really stay isolated. Sh*t be all fun and games til u in the hospital getting a shot in yo ahh and Qtips stuck up your nose til it touch your brain. This isn’t a message for sympathy cause I know who really cares about me and my well being, but this is a message so everyone really stays inside and stop playing with this. Everybody stay safe. Real talk. Peace, love and happiness.”

Powell racked up 45 total tackles and two sacks in his Trojan career that stemmed from 2013-16. He was a star on the special teams units and won the 2014 USC Special Teams Player of the Year Award. He entered the USC roster as a four-star prospect from Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Stay safe, everyone. Get better, Quinton. We’re wishing you the best from all of us at CC!