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USC’s Steven Mitchell exits with injury against Arizona

03 SEP 2016: A USC Trojans helmet and tee sit on the sideline prior to the NCAA Advocare Classic between the USC Trojans and Alabama Crimson Tide at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. (Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire)
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The USC Trojans lost one of their top weapons on offense in the first half against the Arizona Wildcats. A non-contact injury on special teams will serve as a major blow to put a sour note on what was a first half blowout of Arizona on the road in Tucson.

Steven Mitchell, a slot receiver for the Trojans, exited the game after suffering an injury on a punt return in the second quarter. The setback could be a potentially serious injury for Mitchell, who needed help off of the field before being assessed by USC’s training staff.

The injury could be the second serious setback for the wide out in his Trojans career. In 2013, Mitchell tore his ACL as a true freshman, which served as his first devastating injury.

A speedster, the veteran pass catcher recovered from his early knee injury to become a consistent fixture in the USC offense, especially this season, where Mitchell is one of the Trojans’ top targets in the passing attack for quarterback Sam Darnold.

Mitchell has 23 catches through this season’s first six games, so his presence will be missed if he is forced out on a long-term basis as his athleticism has served as a big part of the Trojans’ turnaround this season. USC is headed to a 4-3 record and a third straight win, but without the aforementioned wide out, the rest of their season could be in doubt as they could be losing one of their best wide receivers indefinitely.

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