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Updated: Tre Madden has ligament tear, out for year

Tre Madden

UPDATED  3:05 p.m. ET: The worst fears regarding USC running back Tre Madden have unfortunately come to fruition.

Already dealing with depth issues in the backfield — the primary reason for Madden’s switch to the position from linebacker — the Trojans will now be down another RB for 2012. Via their Twitter account, the school confirmed this afternoon that Madden tore a ligament in his left knee during yesterday’s practice. He will undergo surgery and miss the 2012 season.

Just a crushing blow to USC.


Moving from linebacker to running back to help with depth, Tre Madden was quickly becoming one of the hot storylines for USC this spring.

That hype may have just cooled a little. Or a lot.

As if USC needed any more injuries, Madden sustained a bizarre left knee injury during practice on Thursday when the sophomore fell to the ground without being touched. He was assisted off the field and taken to the locker room after practice.

So far, there hasn’t been any official word on the extent of Madden’s injury, but suffice to say, the mood was somber after practice.

“There’s that concern any time with knees, where guys can’t really walk afterward,” Lane Kiffin said. “We’ll find out.”

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15 Responses to “Updated: Tre Madden has ligament tear, out for year”
  1. 1trojanlove says: Apr 6, 2012 10:46 AM

    Hope you are ok Tre, we need you healthy for our title run….

  2. uscatjerseyshore says: Apr 6, 2012 12:02 PM

    Injuries are an inevitable part of football but it seems as if USC is getting more than their fair share right about now. The idiotic NCAA three year, loss of 30 scholarships sanctions puts more stress on those that are on the team. Fortunately the NCAA has no ability to sanction 4 and 5 star players from continuing to commit to play football for USC. Fight on!

  3. nashvilletrojan says: Apr 6, 2012 12:20 PM

    Lets get the injuries out of the way now rather than in the Fall. This gives coaches more of a chance to see redshirts and early enrollees.


  4. uschawk says: Apr 6, 2012 3:57 PM

    That’s a stinger.

  5. papabush88 says: Apr 6, 2012 4:43 PM

    Buck and DJ: Time to step up.

    Get healthy, Buck

    Protect the ball, DJ

    Curtis: Keep doing what you’re doing

  6. mrslay1 says: Apr 6, 2012 5:22 PM

    I hate to see any kid get hurt. Get well!

  7. jkaflagg says: Apr 6, 2012 5:46 PM

    Although I’m not a big fan of LA’s pro football finishing school, I hope for the best with Madden’s recovery. As for replacing him this year, I have no doubt that Kiffin will come up with somebody; probably half the guys recruited carried the ball in high school ( as did Madden)….

  8. pdcooper08 says: Apr 7, 2012 1:41 AM

    Very disappointing to lose anyone to injury. Tre made the switch from D to O without heistation and showed how much of a team player is. Bad break, get well and we will see you back out on the field next spring bigger and badder then ever.

  9. melonheadsdaddy says: Apr 7, 2012 10:33 AM

    Lane kiffin is a douchebag. I hope USC sucks this year. Karma. It’s inevitable…

  10. pdcooper08 says: Apr 7, 2012 4:04 PM

    You can hope all you want there melonheaddaddy, but you know that won’t be the case. Now we are wishing bad Karma on others, real nice. I think Karma just happens, I don’t believe your suppose to wish it on another. I’ve been told that’s bad Karma.

    Good luck to you and what ever team you root for.

  11. papabush88 says: Apr 7, 2012 4:14 PM

    Melonheaddaddy: jealous of USC? Or envious of Lane? The guy went 8-5 and then 10-2 under heavy sanctions. He got his masters in recruiting and is proving he can coach. Coaching any team to 10-2 is good. Recruiting a top class is hard. Coaching a 10-2 team who has nothing to play for is even harder. Recruiting smaller, strong classes due to scholarship reductions is very difficult. If you’re a karma believer, then USC must have good karma with the players and coaches that stuck they the hardships, and didn’t.bolt when no one would’ve blamed them.

  12. papabush88 says: Apr 7, 2012 4:22 PM

    For all you Trojan fans. Had a brief conversation with Phil Steele the other day. For those who don’t know him, he’s the author of the most accurate college football magazine for like last 10 years. He said that USC is the most talented football team this year. Maybe of all time. He said depth is only issue.

    That doesn’t necessarily mean EVERYTHING but its good news nevertheless.

  13. pdcooper08 says: Apr 7, 2012 5:14 PM

    I can’t see this years team being more talented then the team Texas beat in the NC. I know it will be remembered for coking and R. Bush, but that team was full of monsters on both sides of the ball. I think with the lack of depth this year, they wouldn’t beat that team. The D-line and RB positions are very thin, and could come back to bite us this year.

  14. papabush88 says: Apr 7, 2012 5:59 PM

    Pdcooper: actually the ’04 USC team was better than the one that lost to Texas. ’04 USC had amazing D-line, better Defense and same offense

  15. pdcooper08 says: Apr 7, 2012 6:39 PM

    I believe your right, I’m starting to blend the years together, suffer from CRS anymore. Good call.

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