The USC football team and quarterback Sam Darnold did a lot to silence the doubters in an impressive win over PAC-12 rival Stanford last week. The Trojans looked as hot as they did in the closing weeks of the 2016 season against their conference foe.
With the Texas Longhorns coming into town on Saturday, they’ll likely be without one of Darnold’s top targets.
NBC Sports is reporting that tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe is listed as “doubtful” ahead of the team’s Week 3 matchup.
Imatorbhebhe is a big part of the offense, running down the seam at 6-foot-3, and weighing in at 235-pounds. He hauled in 17 receptions and 250 yards and four touchdowns last season, and pulled in one for 12-yards against Western Michigan in the season opener.
A hip injury sidelined him for the rest of that game and for their conference matchup against the Cardinal. It appears the same injury will keep him out at least one more week.
For the Trojans, it comes as a blow to the offense.
Fortunately for them, it’s not an injury that is expected to keep Imatorbhebhe out for the reset of the year, and it comes at a time when the Trojans can get along without him. The Longhorns looked better against San Jose State last week, beating them 56-0, but remain a long way away from realistically competing against the better teams in the FBS.
USC can likely get past the Longhorns without the receiving tight end, but will need him after their PAC 12 schedule gets kicked into full gear.
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