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Clay Helton provides update on Kedon Slovis injury

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The Trojans’ QB should be ready to go when practices begin later this month.

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The USC Trojans will go as far as quarterback Kedon Slovis takes them next season. Going into his junior year, the 19-year-old is tied for the eighth-best odds to the Heisman Trophy.

It hasn’t been an easy offseason for Slovis, who suffered an undisclosed shoulder injury during last year’s Pac-12 Championship, which the Trojans lost 31-24 against the Oregon Ducks.

Head coach Clay Helton talked with Ryan Kartje of the L.A. Times and gave an update on his star QB’s status:

“You know, in the [conference] championship game on the last pass, [Slovis] obviously came away with a shoulder injury that has now healed. He’s going through a winter conditioning program right now; looks great, extremely strong, has put on additional strength and weight, and really is doing a nice job, feels good.”

That should music to the ears of USC fans. Slovis completed 67 percent of his passes last season for 1,921 yards, 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He led the Trojans to a 5-1 record.

Helton says the team is planning on kicking off spring camp during the last week of March, per The War Room.

The Trojans have the No. 8 ranked 2021 recruiting class according to 247Sports.com. USC will need some young offensive lineman to step up with stalwarts like Alijah Vera-Tucker moving on to the pros and others graduating from the program.

What are your expectations for Slovis next season?