by Garry Paskwietz
The increased reliance on the USC ground game could not have come at a much better time, at least as far as the Trojans wide receivers are concerned.
What started the year as a deep group has dwindled somewhat in recent weeks with the latest setback coming for JuJu Smith-Schuster, who will undergo surgery late Monday for a fracture in his right hand. Smith-Schuster leads the Pac-12 in receiving yards per game (119.5 per game) and is in the top 25 nationally in receptions and receiving touchdowns. USC interim coach Clay Helton said it’s unclear how long Smith-Schuster will be out, with the time frame for recovery varying from three days to a couple weeks.