Kiffin confirmed that Kennard will be saved for next year, meaning he will redshirt in 2012. Kennard suffered the injury in July while weightlifting during offseason conditioning and underwent surgery to repair the damage.
Kennard will be a senior next year, and played in 11 of 12 games for USC during his junior campaign. He had 28 total tackles that year, and played eight games at linebacker during his sophomore season. He was moved to defensive end a season ago and was tabbed to start in 2012.
Kiffin also mentioned that fifth-year senior defensive back Brian Baucham is out for the year due to an undisclosed injury and redshirt freshman defensive tackle Cody Temple will miss the season due to an ankle injury.
The Trojans are 6-1 and currently ranked ninth in the BCS standings, which were released for the second time in 2012 on Monday.