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Trio of Trojans questionable for Notre Dame

Marqise Lee, Lane Kiffin AP

Wide receiver Marqise Lee, running back Tre Madden and outside linebacker Morgan Breslin are all questionable for USC’s upcoming game with Notre Dame this Saturday in South Bend, Trojans interim coach Ed Orgeron said on Monday.

Lee (USC’s leading receiver) and Breslin (perhaps its top defender) both missed last Thursday’s game with Arizona, while Madden (the team’s leading rusher), was hurt in the first half against the Wildcats.

Not having Lee and Breslin didn’t hurt that much against Arizona as USC got Orgeron his first win as the program’s head man. Sophomore Nelson Agholor stepped up at receiver, catching seven passes for 161 yards and a touchdown, while Jabari Ruffin filled in well at Breslin’s spot. Both will be counted on again against the Irish if neither Lee nor Breslin can go.

Meanwhile, Silas Redd is back and healthy at tailback, as evidenced by his 19 second-half carries against Arizona. As good as Madden has been, there is plenty of experience for USC to lean on at the position.

The Trojans have won five in a row over Notre Dame at South Bend, but the Irish defense will pose a challenge for a USC offense that has yet to show any signs of good health or consistency. Orgeron’s enthusiasm can only take a team so far.

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8 Responses to “Trio of Trojans questionable for Notre Dame”
  1. Anoesis says: Oct 14, 2013 10:39 PM

    A good showing will go a long way towards pointing the program in the right direction. I’m not expecting a win, just enthusiastic error-free play. I suppose since both teams are 4-2 you could say the same for the Irish.

  2. irishdodger says: Oct 14, 2013 11:08 PM

    Yeah both teams need this win and both have rarely played a complete game this season. ND dominated in the 80s & 90s and SC dominated in the 2000s. Now it’s anyone’s game. ND is struggling without Golson on offense. The D obviously haven’t filled the void left by Te’o & losing Spond didn’t help. SC is down to 66 due to probation. ND is down to 74 w/o probation. Both lack depth.

  3. thekatman says: Oct 15, 2013 1:00 AM

    USC wins by 17.

  4. pdcooper08 says: Oct 15, 2013 1:44 AM

    ND hasn’t won at home in this one for ten years. Until they do, I’m picking SC. I see u all at the Linebacker Friday afternoon. Go Trojans

  5. irishfbfan1 says: Oct 15, 2013 5:37 AM

    Irish by 17

  6. thegamecocker says: Oct 15, 2013 9:11 AM

    I’m rooting for USC. They’re playing in front of a hostile crowd; they lack depth; they are adjusting to a new head coach; Marquise Lee, their leading receiver, may not play; and I have no respect for Brian Kelly. Among many other short-comings, Kelly left the U. of Cincinnati when they had a chance for a great season. FIGHT ON!!!!

  7. Gentlemen of Sport says: Oct 15, 2013 9:22 AM

    Well that’s the first time I’ve heard the Notre Dame crowd referred to as “hostile” in quite a long time…

  8. pdcooper08 says: Oct 15, 2013 11:51 PM

    Irish by 17

    I have no idea who’s going to show up for this one, and won’t pick any points. I’m just predicting a Trojan win!

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