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.