While many analysts consider USC to be the No. 1 team in the country, depth remains a concern, and the Trojan defensive line depth took another hit on Wednesday. USC head coach Lane Kiffin announced that defensive end DeVante Wilson would go undergo season-ending surgery after tearing his ACL during practice Tuesday.
Wilson, a true freshman, suffered the left knee injury during a noncontact portion of Tuesday's practice. It is the second ACL injury for Wilson in the last year as he tore the ACL in his right knee in August 2011. He will redshirt during the 2012 season as he undergoes rehab on the knee and will still have four years of eligibility remaining.
Wilson was expected to play a backup role for the Trojans this season, but his loss only makes a thin area of the team even thinner. USC already lost one defensive end for the foreseeable future when senior Devon Kennard tore his pectoral muscle in July.