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USC LB Morgan Breslin not expected to play in Arizona game

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USC interim head coach Ed Orgeron said on Tuesday that he doesn’t expect either all-star linebacker Morgan Breslin or wide out Marqise Lee to play against Arizona this Thursday.

Lee’s missing the game is no surprise, but Breslin’s status was a bit more uncertain coming into the week. The senior pass-rush specialist has a hip injury, but no information has been released on its severity.

Breslin is one of the most dynamic defensive players in the country. He already has 7.5 tackles for loss and 4 sacks despite missing most of two games this season. So he’ll be missed against the Wildcats.

Freshman Jabari Ruffin, with six tackles so far this year, will take his spot. Ruffin is an incredible athlete with a huge upside who just needs a bit of seasoning.

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4 Responses to “USC LB Morgan Breslin not expected to play in Arizona game”
  1. soundsofsuccess7 says: Oct 8, 2013 10:08 PM

    Breslin is not as good as adverstised by his stats.

  2. uscatjerseyshore says: Oct 8, 2013 10:33 PM

    soundsofsuccess7 says
    Breslin is not as good as adverstised by his stats.
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    What’s your basis for this comment? Breslin didn’t play against Hawaii yet right now he’s ahead of where he was in 2012 for Tackles for Loss, Sack and Passes Broken Up. He’s nearly on the same pace for Solo and Assisted Tackles. If he’s not as good as advertised he’s faking it.

  3. soundsofsuccess7 says: Oct 9, 2013 5:20 AM

    @uscatjerseyshore

    He’ll disappear for large portions of the game. He makes some great negative offensive plays. But there are quarters of football where he doesn’t have a tackle. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a pretty good player. But USC will be alright.

  4. pdcooper08 says: Oct 9, 2013 1:28 PM

    Your probably both right on this one. MB is a beast for the most part, but has a tendency to blend in and become average at times. As I see it, he is playing out of position for his size. He is on the small size for what his game is about, which leads to him fatiguing when left on the field to long.

    What I’d like to see when he comes back healthy, is more of a platoon situation with him and J. Ruffin. Both have strengths and big upside when the are fresh. I think there’s a place for both of them on the field, but they need to keep that spring in there step if they are to be successful off the edge.

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