Jarrett questionable, McFoy out for depleted Trojans
LOS ANGELES -- Southern California All-American wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against Washington, while fellow receiver Chris McFoy is expected to miss at least four weeks.
Defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis, who missed three games after undergoing knee surgery, is listed as probable for the game against the Huskies (4-1, 2-0 Pac-10).
Jarrett sat out USC's 28-22 victory over Washington State last weekend because of a sprained left shoulder.
McFoy, who has 10 receptions for 99 yards and a touchdown, fractured two bones in his shoulder area against Washington State.
With Jarrett's status uncertain, head coach Pete Carroll said that could mean additional playing time for freshmen Vidal Hazelton and Travon Patterson.
"They've got to grow up real fast," he said. "These guys are kind of in the mode already to get more playing time."
Injuries and inexperience have had an impact on No. 3 Southern California through four games. The Trojans (4-0, 2-0), though, are unbeaten despite having eight starters or projected starters miss one or more games with injuries.
"I think it's a system thing," defensive end Lawrence Jackson said Tuesday. "You have this foundation in place. We have great depth around here. We have guys who are really good who haven't seen the field yet. The coaches do a great job of getting guys who are ready to play."
The narrow victory over Washington State and a 20-3 triumph at Arizona a week earlier, when USC led 3-0 at halftime, are quite different from the many blowout wins USC fans became accustomed to during the past four years.
"You come to expect the challenges and these are what they are this season," coach Pete Carroll said. "Guys are getting banged up, but we have a lot of guys that can play, too. I'm not alarmed by it. If it continues, we just keep dealing with it and do the best we can."
The Trojans have won 49 of their last 51 games and a conference-record 28 straight at the Los Angeles Coliseum including their only home game this year -- a 28-10 victory over Nebraska on Sept. 16.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press