Helton on OL lineup: Tomorrow we'll make a decision
It would greatly benefit USC if the football team got healthy on the offensive line. And quickly. In just days, the Trojans travel to Palo Alto, Calif. to take on the Stanford Cardinal (5:30 PM PST, FOX). Stanford is known for having a physical front seven almost every season in recent years. It seems that’s the case this year as well.
USC head coach Clay Helton knows his best chance is with a healthy line. He’s hopeful it’ll all come together by Saturday.
“Health wise, held a couple guys back today just to see if we could get them even more healthy,” Helton said after Thursday practice. “We held Toa (Lobendahn) back today, we gave Chuma (Edoga) some limited work, cut him back just a hair. Austin Jackson, just hair and we’ll see they get tomorrow. Hopefully all of them will be good and ready to roll.”
Chuma Edoga is dealing with a minor hip injury. Austin Jackson has tendonitis in the knee and slight tenderness in his ankle. Toa Lobendahn still has issues with his pectoral strain.
Helton says he’ll have an idea of who’ll play Saturday soon.
“By tomorrow we’ll make a decision on exactly where we’ll start with, so at least we know going into the game,” Helton said. “But I’m confident in the guys. They all want to play, they just have some bumps and bruises we try to get work on day, we try to spell another day. We’ll see where we’re at tomorrow.”
Clay Helton was also asked about an injury to sophomore linebacker Juliano Falaniko.
“He has an AC sprain of the shoulder, I don’t think he’ll make it for this game,” Helton said of Falaniko.