When the news came out that USC receiver George Farmer had suffered torn ligaments in his knee that would require surgery it brought a deflating sound from the Trojan family.
USC fans who had watched Farmer fight through injuries during his first two years on campus had been encouraged when he got off to a strong start in spring ball. There was a lot of anticipation to finally see the former No. 1-ranked receiver recruit in action, and Farmer made it clear that his improved health was a big reason for his better play. Even USC coach Lane Kiffin had commented about how Farmer was playing well and creating a role for himself in the offense.