USC offensive guard Viane Talamaivao out for season with pectoral tear
By Joey Kaufman
LOS ANGELES — USC right guard Viane Talamaivao will miss the remainder of the season after tearing a pectoral muscle, a setback for the Trojans’ already banged-up offensive line.
Talamaivao, a senior, will undergo surgery, Coach Clay Helton revealed after practice on Wednesday. He has started at right guard since 2014, making a total of 37 in that span, including 13 last season.
“Viane has been a rock for us for four years, very much a leader near and dear to our hearts,” Helton said. “He’s been a true Trojan and love him to death.”
Talamaivao was sidelined during the first half of USC’s 30-27 loss at Washington State last Friday.
The season-ending injury also likely ends his college career, with his eligibility set to expire.
Helton did not expect the NCAA to award Talamaivao a medical hardship waiver.
According to its Division I manual, a player must appear in less than 30 percent of his team’s games in a season or three games, whichever is greater, in order to be granted a medical redshirt
Talamaivao has appeared in five games.
“Usually the breaking point is after the fourth game,” Helton said, “and we went four games and 22 plays. So it’s a sad story to be honest with you.”
Freshman Andrew Vorhees filled in Talamaivao when he left against Washington State and is expected to start against Oregon State on Saturday.
Vorhees enrolled a semester early to participate in spring practice in March and has split time on the offensive line between tackle and guard.
“He’s played extremely well since he’s been here,” Helton said.
USC might also be without right tackle Chuma Edoga on Saturday. Edoga has not practiced this week because of a high ankle sprain.
Helton did not sound optimistic.
“You know a high ankle sprain, especially on a big kid, it’ll be hard,” Helton said.
Austin Jackson, a freshman, has […]