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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Ex-Trojans seem to take shot at USC

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A couple of former USC football players seemed to take a shot at the Trojans program via Twitter.

Jordan Simmons started things by noting in a tweet Wednesday that he played more snaps in his NFL debut than he did in his entire career at USC. Kenny Bigelow’s response was even more telling as he said leaving USC brought more success than staying.

Simmons was heavily recruited coming out of high school, but he couldn’t stay healthy at USC. He redshirted his freshman year and then battled knee injuries his next four seasons. He was even switched to defensive line at one point. Despite all that, he made it to the NFL and played well in his debut with the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday against the Rams.

Bigelow was another top recruit who battled knee injuries. He suffered two season-ending knee injuries during his career at USC and only registered stats in 2015 and 2017. He left for West Virginia as a graduate transfer after being granted a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA and has 16 tackles this season.

It’s hard to blame USC for neither Simmons nor Bigelow having much of an impact as Trojans considering how much they were injured. But when the team is 5-5 and struggling like they are this season, it’s easier to take shots at them.

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