Highly-touted USC freshman defensive tackle Marion Tuipulotu will have surgery to fix a nagging back injury that will end his season, head coach Clay Helton announced Tuesday night.
According to a report from USCFootball.com, Helton didn’t specify what the injury was, rather saying it was a lower back injury.
“I think it’s something they got fixed,” Helton said. “It looks like it was from maybe a previous injury at an early age. He’s been fighting through it since he’s been here and at this point in the time our doctors said, ‘you know what let’s take a look at it,’ and there was something that needed they to get fixed.
“For the big picture it’s very, very positive for him, it was actually better than they thought and the future is bright for the kid.”
— Chris Trevino (@ChrisNTrevino) October 11, 2017
Tuipulotu played in three games for the Trojans this season, recoding two tackles in a total of 39 snaps. By playing in only three games in 2017, he could receive a medical redshirt for the 2017 season, thus potentially giving him an extra year of eligibility.
The 6-foot-3, 300-pound nose tackle was rated as a five-star recruit by 247Sports, ranking No. 60 overall and No. 5 among defensive linemen.
The Trojans will host Pac-12 South foe Utah at 5 p.m. PT on Saturday, with the game on ABC.
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