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Potential starting LB Ruffin lost for year at USC

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The USC Trojans were dealt a blow in the middle of the defense on Sunday. Linebacker Jabari Ruffin, a potential starter on the outside, suffered a torn ACL in his left knee. The injury will prevent him from playing for the Trojans until 2015.

“This is very unfortunate news about Jabari, but I know he will rehab well and come back strong next year,” USC head coach¬†Steve Sarkisian said on the school’s football website. “And I know our team will step up in his absence.”

Ruffin is a redshirt sophomore and will have two years of eligibility remaining after this season. According to the school’s website, Ruffin was injured¬†as he was tackled while returning an interception.

The 6′ 4″, 230 pound linebacker and California native was the nation’s top-ranked outside linebacker in the Class of 2012 according to Rivals. With Ruffin now out of the mix for a potential starting job at outside linebacker in 2014, the Trojans are expecting to see J.R. Tavai, Scott Felix and Quinton Powell to fill the void.

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3 Responses to “Potential starting LB Ruffin lost for year at USC”
  1. sfsugator says: Aug 11, 2014 10:42 AM

    The depth keeps dwindling, bad news for a super thin team in terms of depth. Sanctions keep slamming even though its over.

  2. irishlad19 says: Aug 11, 2014 2:36 PM

    Thank Pete Carroll for the lack of depth.

  3. scbaby2013 says: Aug 11, 2014 11:54 PM

    ^correction…thank Reggie bush. Regardless, fight on and hope you get better Ruffin

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