USC to be without key defensive starter in Week 11 against Oregon
USC will be without starting linebacker Eric Gentry on Saturday when it takes on No. 6 Oregon.
The Trojans are visiting Autzen Stadium for the first time since 2015. Though USC dropped out of the AP Top 25 this past weekend after its third loss in four games, the matchup with Oregon will have a significant impact on the Pac-12 championship picture and could even influence the College Football Playoff conversation.
Reporters from the field in Eugene indicated USC will be without one of its top playmakers on the defensive side of the ball.
#USC will be without LB Eric Gentry tonight. Big absence for the defense.
— Chris Treviño (@ChrisNTrevino) November 12, 2023
The 6-foot-6 Gentry has been a disruptive force in the middle of USC’s defense this season. His role has been inconsistent — something that prompted a bit of “tweet and delete” drama earlier in the week — but his impact has been felt when he’s been on the field.
A deflection in the 52-42 loss to Washington last weekend led to a USC interception. He has 35 tackles, four tackles for loss, one sack, five pass breakups, one forced fumble, one punt block, and an interception.
His length and athleticism in the middle of the defense has caused serious issues for teams. He was one of the best players on the field in USC’s 50-49 win over Cal two weeks ago.
Gentry’s absence will certainly be felt against Oregon. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT on FOX.
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