This is no news that USC wanted to hear. Trojans senior linebacker Porter Gustin will miss the remainder of the season with a fractured ankle. The news came during head coach Clay Helton’s conference call on Sunday.
Gustin was questionable before Saturday night’s game against Colorado due to an ankle injury during the Arizona game. After the bye week he was good to go, however in the final minutes of the game the senior linebacker exited the game with a very strong and noticeable limp and had difficulties getting off the field.
This is the second season ending injury for the senior linebacker. Last season Gustin was forced to miss the remainder of the season with a torn bicep and a broken toe. His injury issues continued during fall camp where he had surgery to tear a meniscus. Gustin recovered in time for the season opener against UNLV.
Porter Gustin has been a very valuable part of the Trojans defense, leading the team and the FBS in sacks with 7. Gustin also had 22 total tackles with 7.5 tackles for loss. The defense now must operate without him to generate pressure on the quarterback. Without a doubt, the loss of Porter Gustin is a huge blow to USC.