USC pass rusher Romello Height likely out for remainder of season

Romello Height, the edge rusher who joined USC from Auburn to steady the Trojans’ pass rush, is likely to miss the rest of this season after undergoing surgery on his injured shoulder this week.

Height only played briefly in the Trojans’ first two games while dealing with the ongoing injury. He sat out last Saturday’s meeting with Fresno State in hopes his shoulder might mend with rest, Coach Lincoln Riley said at the time.

A few days later, Height underwent surgery, which Riley said Thursday will require “a long-term recovery.” He then clarified that the redshirt sophomore will likely miss the rest of the season.

“We’ll see how it goes,” Riley said.

With Height out, the sudden emergence of another transfer pass rusher, Solomon Byrd, couldn’t come at a more opportune time for USC. The Trojans have been exhausted at the end of the rush since the spring when Height broke away as one of the few early standouts at the position.

Byrd didn’t arrive until fall camp and received just five snaps in the USC opener. But since then he’s been an unbeatable force on the Trojans defense with three sacks and a fumble in two games.

His rise has led Riley to feel “good” about the state of the no-height position.

“Obviously we’ve talked a lot about Solomon and him rising,” Riley said. “Korey [Foreman] is improving and doing a lot of really good things and I think he’s becoming more consistent. And then we worked hard to develop some depth. Having some of these guys out at times has allowed us to mix up the lineup and we have some different skills in that defense that we can make work. And then it’s also important to have a creative defensive staff. Because sometimes when you lose guys you have to think outside the box.” USC pass rusher Romello Height likely out for remainder of season

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