Lincoln Riley gives injury update on QB Malachi Nelson
Lincoln Riley gave an update on injured true freshman quarterback Malachi Nelson on Tuesday morning.
Nelson is beginning his 1st spring practice with the Trojans but may have some limitations after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery.
However, Nelson did participate with the team during its 1st practice on Sunday.
Lincoln Riley said Malachi Nelson, who had shoulder surgery in December, won't have "too many limitations" this spring. Nelson's not cleared for contact but QBs are non-contact players anyway. Still, Riley said #USC will have to be careful with Nelson in team settings.
— Antonio Morales (@AntonioCMorales) March 7, 2023
Lincoln Riley said that 5-star freshman QB Malachi Nelson has had “maybe not the most ideal start” to his USC career after having shoulder surgery in late Dec.
Nelson’s first day throwing was Sunday, USC’s 1st practice. But Riley said he won’t have many limitations this spring.
— Ryan Kartje (@Ryan_Kartje) March 7, 2023
With Caleb Williams set to return for the 2023 season, Nelson isn’t expected to play a big role for the Trojans in 2023. However, this will be an important developmental year for him as he prepares to compete for the starting job in 2024.
Nelson was a 5-star prospect in the class of 2023. He was the No. 12 overall player in the country, per 247Sports Composite rankings.
What this means for USC
Nelson’s limitations for the spring of 2023 likely won’t have an impact on what USC’s offense looks like this upcoming season. However, Nelson’s status could have an impact on the QB depth chart below Nelson.
Miller Moss is a former 4-star prospect who is expected to compete with Nelson for the backup QB job this offseason. If Nelson is struggling, it could open the door for Moss to win the No. 2 job in 2023.
USC fans will get the chance to see all quarterbacks in action during the spring game on April 15.