Injury shelves Tre Madden for 2012
Spring practice has always been a “win some, lose some” event. In early preparation for an upcoming season, programs will run the risk of losing key components to injury. It’s a part of the game, and something to be expected. But when injury ends a player’s season before it ever begins, and it occurs at a position lacking depth, it sounds a definite alarm of concern moving forward.
We entered the spring with Tre Madden as a solution for a thinned stable of running backs in 2012. Recruited as a linebacker, the sophomore was converted and added to the backfield, where he performed well enough in the experiment to validate a permanent switch. He became the first headliner or spring practice, and the coaching staff was applauded for its ability to compensate for the reduction of scholarships and roster depth.
Madden would collapse without contact on Thursday’s practice field, and we ended the session with knowledge of an apparent knee injury, without a diagnosis of the severity. We would learn more on Friday morning, as the school announced that the tailback suffered a torn ligament that will require surgery, which will place him on the shelf for the entire 2012 season.
The Trojans will now enter the fall with running backs Curtis McNeal and D.J. Morgan, and little depth behind them. George Farmer, who was the backfield experiment from a year ago, has moved back to his natural position at wide receiver.