Marlon Tuipulotu, a former four-star recruit and rotation defensive tackle for USC, is done for the season.
Tuipulotu, an Oregon native, played in three games for the Trojans as a true freshman this season, recording two total tackles.
He started the Trojans’ win over Stanford.
Due to lagging back issues, however, head coach Clay Helton announced that he will undergo surgery and will be shut down. From 247Sports:
“I think it’s something they got fixed. It looks like it was from maybe a previous injury at an early age. He’s been fighting through it since he’s been here and at this point in the time our doctors said, ‘you know what let’s take a look at it,’ and there was something that needed they to get fixed,” said Helton. “For the big picture it’s very, very positive for him, it was actually better than they thought and the future is bright for the kid.”
The timing here allows for Tuipulotu to stay under the games threshold necessary to preserve a year of eligibility, by taking a medical redshirt.