Steven Mitchell’s absence from USC offense has been noticeable

If the first three games of this season was any indication, Steven Mitchell was due to finally break through as long as he could stay healthy. Then he got hurt, missing USC’s last two games, and not surprisingly the Trojans’ offense struggled.

USC averaged 39.3 points and 334 passing yards per game during a 3-0 start, with Mitchell hauling in 14 catches for 223 yards and two touchdowns. In the past two games, resulting in a win and a loss, the Trojans scored 28.5 points per game and averaged only 193.5 passing yards.

Mitchell, a senior, was on his way to being one of quarterback Sam Darnold’s top targets before getting hurt. And even without being available the last two weeks he’s still one of the most dangerous pass-catchers in the Pac-12.

The news is promising when it comes to Mitchell returning soon. According to Alicia de Artola of Reign of Troy, USC coach Clay Helton said Tuesday that Mitchell was able to practice. If he’s able to play against Oregon State on Saturday expect Darnold to be looking his way as much as possible.

The post Steven Mitchell’s absence from USC offense has been noticeable appeared first on Diehards.

Thank you for reading the Dayton Daily News and for supporting local journalism. Subscribers: log in for access to your daily ePaper and premium newsletters.

Thank you for supporting in-depth local journalism with your subscription to the Dayton Daily News. Get more news when you want it with email newsletters just for subscribers. Sign up here.