USC incoming freshman wide receiver Steven Mitchell was frequently seen on Howard Jones Field as USC went through spring drills. He often stood next to head coach Lane Kiffin in the middle of the field trying to soak up as much as possible until he was allowed to participate.
With spring drills wrapped up, Mitchell was now allowed to take the field with his new teammates for summer voluntary workouts.
During Friday morning’s session, however, the wide receiver suffered a major setback when he tore ligaments in his right knee and will miss the 2013 season, the school announced.
According to FOX Sports NEXT’s Lindsey Thiry, Mitchell, who had stayed after the team’s 11-on-11 scrimmage to put extra individual work in, was running a deep route when his knee buckled and twisted awkwardly after planting his right leg to make a catch. Mitchell spun and immediately grabbed his knee after going down.
He is the second USC wide receiver to suffer a season-ending knee injury this offseason. George Farmer tore his ACL during spring practice and is also expected to miss the 2013 season.
After the Farmer injury, it was believed Mitchell would make a huge push to win the Trojans No. 3 receiver spot behind Marqise Lee and Nelson Agholor.
The competition once fall camp opens up on Aug. 3 will consist of freshman Darreus Rogers, redshirt sophomore Victor Blackwell, and fifth-year senior De’Von Flournoy.
Mitchell, a 5’10” 180-pound Army All-American, possesses supreme playmaking ability. He had 62 catches for 1,100 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior last season for Alemany. He also ran for 202 yards and five touchdowns.