USC offensive lineman Chuma Edoga has been demoted from his starting spot on the offensive line, per head coach Clay Helton, after making contact with an official during Saturday night’s game against Utah State, which the Trojans won handedly, 45-7.
Following the game on Saturday, Coach Helton spoke on the incident: “Poor decision by a young person that just got overemotional and was more looking at the defender downfield.” As of Sunday, Edoga had been removed from his starting role at the left tackle position.
After having left the team’s opening game against Alabama due to an injury, Edoga returned to his spot protecting Max Browne’s blindside in the team’s game against Utah State. The incident was bizarre to say the least: Edoga was grabbed by the jersey by the official following a sack of Browne, and then gave the official a shove of sorts to disengage.
A five-star recruit out of Powder Springs, Georgia, Edoga was the number one offensive guard recruit in the nation in the Class of 2015. The 6’3″, 280-pounder had his choice of where he could attend school and chose sunny Southern California, giving the team the number two overall recruiting class in the nation upon his arrival. Edoga was one of four five-star players to have committed to USC in 2015.
Following the demotion, the team has shifted senior Chad Wheeler back into his starting role. Edoga has two true freshman sitting behind him, so if he can manage to stay on the straight and narrow for the remainder of the year, he will presumably have a chance to reclaim his job.