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USC star Drake London, just one of the best receivers in the nation and a potential 1st-round NFL draft choose, will miss the relaxation of the season, Trojans interim coach Donte Williams reported Sunday night.
London experienced a fractured right ankle, Williams stated, in the 2nd quarter of Saturday’s 41-34 earn more than Arizona at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
London caught a pass from quarterback Jaxson Dart around the finish zone and was strike by Arizona cornerback Christian Roland-Wallace as he crossed the goal line for a 6-garden landing that put the Trojans up 28-7. London stayed down and held his ideal leg. The leg was put in an air cast in advance of he was carted off the industry.
London returned to the sidelines in road dresses and crutches all through the 2nd half. Williams, in his postgame media availability, said “there is certainly normally a panic” that an injuries like that could be season-ending. Turns out, he was proper.
London completed with nine catches for 81 yards and two touchdowns in the victory.
“In individuals 8 games he played, all the awards you can think of he justifies, whether or not it is really the Biletnikoff, regardless of whether it’s first-workforce All-American. The points he did for this group and this university, he was about to place up one of the greatest statistical seasons any receiver has at any time set up in faculty soccer, and that’s expressing a ton. At the exact same time, certainly, we are going to skip him as a participant, but the items that people today overlook about is who he is as a man or woman to this staff,” Williams mentioned. “He is a workforce captain for a rationale.”
A junior, London in truth has been USC’s greatest participant this period. He entered Saturday rated 2nd in the nation in total receiving yards and yards for each match and had 7 touchdowns to go with a number of emphasize-reel grabs.
Coming into the recreation, London was expected to be a best-10 choose in the future NFL draft. ESPN’s Mel Kiper had London rated as his No. 4 in general prospect and the leading-rated receiver in his newest Major Board for the 2022 draft.
Before this week, London expressed his want to play in a bowl recreation this period if USC (now 4-4) ended up to qualify.
“He was nevertheless below [Sunday] in the group conference, he even now was superior spirits, he still was strolling all-around on his crutches, but he still was smiling and he nonetheless was 1 of the men. He failed to search at it as like he was devastated and crying and by himself,” Williams claimed. “He was continue to right here. That reveals you when once again what variety of man or woman he is. He is a group leader and a crew captain for a motive and nonetheless wanted to be all over his men and do every thing he potentially can to direct them.”
London arrived at USC in 2019 as a two-activity athlete participating in both of those basketball and soccer. Final December, he designed the choice to aim on soccer. He has totaled additional than 2,000 getting yards and 15 touchdowns in his 3 seasons as a Trojan.
Southern Cal plays at Arizona Point out on Saturday.