USC’s Porter Gustin, Josh Fatu working way back onto field

Clay Helton met with reporters on Monday, two days after USC’s crushing loss to Notre Dame that significantly altered the potential of the 2017 season.

Helton was candid, talking about how he and his staff are well aware of his team’s need to work on stopping the run, per the Los Angeles Times’ Shotgun Spratling. Notre Dame rushed for 377 yards against the Trojans in a 49-14 win.

Part of why USC struggled so much against the run is the Trojans were playing without two of their most important defenders: linebacker Porter Gustin and defensive tackle Josh Fatu. Gustin has been sidelined for the last month, and the Trojans have found a way to make it work without him. But when Fatu suffered a concussion in a multi-car accident last week and was forced to miss the Notre Dame game, it showed.

USC was dominated up front, leading to big nights for Irish running back Josh Adams (191 yards, 3 touchdowns) and quarterback Brandon Wimbush (106 yards, 2 rushing touchdowns). Fatu’s and Gustin’s absence was extremely noticeable on Adams’ long touchdown run, right through the middle of USC’s defense.

But good news is on the horizon, per Spratling and’s Ryan Abraham, as the Trojans move past losing the Jeweled Shillelagh and begin working toward salvaging the 2017 campaign.

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