George Farmer's USC career hasn't been able to hit full stride due to a series of injuries, and the receiver once considered to be the best in the nation is once again hurt after an injury in practice Tuesday:
#USC receiver George Farmer hurt his left knee attempting to make a catch early in practice and was carted off.— Ryan Abraham (@insidetroy) April 3, 2013
No word on the exact nature of the injury, but when you hear the phrase "carted off", it typically isn't good.
A 5-star recruit ranked as the top receiver in the country out of high school by Rivals - and the No. 3 player at any position - has just five receptions for 49 yards in two seasons for the Trojans. Some of it is the difficulty of climbing the depth chart - after all, Robert Woods and Marqise Lee were both All-Americans and Lee won the Biletnikoff Award this past year - but for a player hyped as highly as Farmer was, one might have thought he'd be able to get some touches. But he's dealt with nagging injuries - his hamstring and ankles - and just Monday, an ESPN post wrote how nice it was to finally see the stud prospect healthy.
Farmer isn't the first stud USC receiver prospect to struggle - Kyle Prater, also the No. 1 receiver and No. 3 player overall in his class per Rivals - only had one catch in two years at USC before transferring to Northwestern. With Woods leaving though, Farmer was expected to have an increased role in the offense.