Trojans' DE Wilson out for the season
LOS ANGELES --- USC freshman defensive end DeVante Wilson will miss the entire 2012 season after tearing his ACL during practice on Tuesday, head coach Lane Kiffin announced.
The news comes on a day in which defensive ends Wes Horton and J.R. Tavai didn't practice with an undisclosed injuries, Greg Townsend continued to walk around with a boot on his right foot, and Devon Kennard already out after undergoing surgery last month for a torn right pectoral muscle which could potentially keep him out for the entire season as well.
"Unfortunately, it's another hit (at defensive end) and DeVante actually had two really good practices in a row after being out for a long time," Kiffin said. "Unfortunately it happened in a non-live drill and I'm sure other people have the same things around the country."
Wilson is expected to have surgery "sometime in the next two weeks," Kiffin said.
Wilson, a class of 2011 Corona High grad, missed all of last season after tearing his right ACL during summer workouts and didn't enroll at USC until last spring. On Tuesday, he tore the ligament in his left knee.
At Wednesday's practice, Morgan Breslin and Kevin Greene were the first team defensive ends.
Breslin , a junior college transfer in his first year with the program, led the state with 13.5 sacks last season at Diablo Valley Junior College. Greene, a redshirt junior, has three career tackles.
For Kiffin and the Trojans, down 10 scholarships because of NCAA sanctions, the dreaded "D" word once again comes into play: depth.
"We don't have very much of it," Kiffin said of his team's depth. "It is what it is. We're just trying to do our best.
"We just got to find a way to maximize every situation we're in and find a way to get a play here and a play there out of however many guys that we can."