Tempers were flaring early in USC’s Week 2 matchup with Utah State as an early ejection has been making headlines. An unfortunate incident in the opening minutes involving an official led to an early trip to the locker room for the Trojans’ starting left tackle.
Chuma Edoga was ejected less than two minutes into the first quarter for losing his cool after the whistle. He swung at a Utah State player before making contact with the referee, who was attempting to hold him back following the attempted punch.
Edoga was upset for the chippy play by the Utah State player that was close to after the play, but there is no excuse for putting your hands on an official. There was even a chance that Edoga could have stayed in the game for the swipe after the whistle before he earned himself the ejection by trying to push aside the referee. The ejection has now put the Trojans in a situation where they will be without their starting left tackle for nearly the entire game against Utah State.
Edoga just earned the left tackle job this season after moving from right tackle following his freshman year with the Trojans, so it will be interesting to see how his ejection impacts his playing time going forward. Expect the Trojans coaching staff to have some words for the sophomore, who has hurt his team by taking the physical play a bit too far in what will be a tough learning experience for Edoga.
— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) September 10, 2016