USC’s defensive line suffered a tremendous blow this week as coach Clay Helton announced today, via NBC Sports, that redshirt junior defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow tore his right ACL in practice on Thursday and will be sidelined for the next 7-9 months. Helton described Bigelow’s injury as a “freak accident.”
A former four-star talent from Maryland, this is not the first time Bigelow has dealt with knee problems. Back in July of 2014, he tore the same ACL and was sidelined for the entire season. Last year, as a reserve, he appeared in 13 games and managed three sacks. As a result, he was expected to play a key role in the Trojans’ defense in 2016.
The silver lining in all of this is that since Bigelow will have lost two seasons of eligibility due to injury, he’ll almost definitely receive a sixth season of such and be allowed to play in 2017 and 2018. That’s ultimately the NCAA’s decision, but there is little to suggest that Bigelow won’t receive such a waiver.
Stay tuned to Campus Sports for further updates on Kenny Bigelow’s recovery!
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