USC head coach Lane Kiffin confirmed Wednesday morning that running back D.J. Morgan will undergo minor knee surgery and is expected to miss 3-4 weeks.
This is a tough break for Morgan -- who was forced to rehab during his redshirt year in 2010 after having knee surgery at the end of his senior year in high school. He has shown limited flashes of big-play ability over the past year but has also shown issues with fumbles. Morgan was looking for a breakout year to show the coaches that they could count on him as an explosive player. Now those plans have been delayed for a few weeks.
As far as the Trojans are concerned, this is one more reason why the transfer of Silas Redd came at such a needed time. Without Redd, the Trojans would be looking at a reserve group behind Curtis McNeal that would consist solely of Buck Allen, a redshirt freshman who has never carried the ball for the Trojans. The presence of Redd not only gives USC an option, it’s gives them a really good one and it allows Morgan the opportunity to get this issue taken care and return for the last half of the season.
Soma Vainuku is also available to get extended work in Morgan's absence.