Updated 9:15 p.m. ET: Well, Khaled Holmes’ return for USC didn’t last long. Not even a whole game, in fact.
Holmes had to be carted off the field for yet another leg injury. Obviously the prognosis isn’t known yet, but we’ll keep you updated once we do. The No. 13 Trojans went on to beat Cal 27-9.
Earlier this week, USC coach Lane Kiffin said that Abe Markowitz could start at center for the Trojans if starter Khaled Holmes still isn’t ready to go.
Looks like USC fans won’t have to worry about that.
Holmes was announced as the starter for tonight’s game against Cal on the video board in the Coliseum, and indeed took the field with the offense. Holmes suffered an apparent ankle injury two weeks ago in a win over Syracuse and was absent last week when USC, then ranked No. 2, fell on the road to Stanford.
A huge reason the Trojans lost was because Matt Barkley was under duress the entire game. That ultimately falls on the entire O-line, but Holmes’ absence was definitely noted.
With the starter back tonight, it will be interesting to see if USC can correct so many of the issues from a week ago.