USC OT Chad Wheeler injured, Chuma Edoga to start

The USC Trojans will be down a big piece of their offensive line this weekend when they take on the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide. Three-year starter Chad Wheeler has been dealing with plantar fasciitis for majority of the summer and he will not be able to play a significant role in Saturday’s season opener.

Head coach Clay Helton announced that sophomore Chuma Edoga would get the start when the Trojans head over to AT&T Stadium this weekend. He started two games at right tackle in 2015, but he doesn’t bring the same experience to the team as Wheeler.

He hasn’t really practiced in now 3 ½ weeks,” Helton said of Wheeler. “So we’re going to end up going with Chuma at the left tackle position to start off with. We’re going to evaluate Chad throughout the week to see if he can progress into helping us with a couple series.”

Edoga is going to have to fill in at left tackle to protect quarterback Max Browne’s blindside as Zach Banner, the team’s largest and most-talented lineman, has moved over to right tackle this year. If Edoga is going to be a great lineman for the Trojans, he is certainly going to have a great test of that this weekend.

The No. 20 Trojans face off against the Crimson Tide on Saturday at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.

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