Not only will Lane Kiffin have to deal with a reduction in scholarships for the the next couple of years, he’ll now have to replace a pair of talented players who still have eligibility remaining as well.
According to ESPN the Magazine’s Bruce Feldman, offensive tackle Tyron Smith and defensive tackle Jurrell Casey have decided to forego their final season of college football at USC and will make themselves available for the April NFL draft.
Both players were named to the Pac-10′s all-conference first team earlier this month, and Casey was named the Trojans’ team MVP. Mel Kiper and His Hair have Casey and Smith rated as the No. 4 and No. 5 underclassmen, respectively, at their positions.
On the flip side for the Trojans, running back Marc Tyler has decided to remain at USC for another season.
“I’m coming back,” Tyler told ESPNLosAngeles.com. “I just want to have that senior year and get the final experience of college.”
Tyler led the Trojans with 913 yards and nine rushing touchdowns.