Abe Markowitz petitions for sixth year

USC senior offensive lineman Abe Markowitz has petitioned the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility, a source has told WeAreSC.

Markowitz -- a former walk-on who earned a scholarship prior to the 2010 season -- suffered season-ending foot injuries in both 2010 and 2011 but came back this year to start two games and was a versatile reserve at both guard and center.

If the petition is granted, Markowitz could compete for the open spot at center in 2013 when Khaled Holmes is gone. It would also give Markowitz a chance to play in his home state as the Trojans open next season in Hawaii. Markowitz attended Honolulu Punahou but was forced to miss USC's game in Hawaii in 2010 because of the foot injury.

Markowitz, who has also competed in the shot put for the USC track team, is working toward a master's degree in education.