USC's Hancock to have season-ending surgery

Updated: August 15, 2006, 9:47 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Southern California fullback Brandon Hancock will have surgery for ligament damage in his left knee and won't be able to play this season.

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The 6-foot-1, 230-pound senior was expected to be the starter after being the backup last season.

"My immediate goal is to still be involved around here, be a leader and train for the NFL combine and do what I can," Hancock said.

He was the Trojans' starter for most of 2003, then redshirted in 2004 after having surgery on his right knee, and also having a ruptured chest muscle.

Used primarily as a blocker, Hancock has a total of eight carries for 19 yards in his career, and 24 receptions for 277 yards and two touchdowns.

He hurt his knee during a routine drill on Monday.

Jody Adewale, Stanley Havili and converted linebacker Ryan Powdrell are expected to battle for the fullback job.

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