USC’s opener is just more than two weeks away, so the clock is ticking for injured USC players hoping to be ready and prepared for the Aug. 30 game against Fresno State at the Coliseum.
Freshman Adoree’ Jackson sat out again Friday morning because of a foot injury that has sidelined him for about a week.
Jackson is on track to play receiver and cornerback and possibly return kicks.
Asked if there was a point that Jackson needed to practice to be ready for the opener, Coach Steve Sarkisian indicated he hoped it would be soon. But he said he would not put Jackson in a position where he might suffer further injury.
“Especially for younger players, guys who have never played at this level … we would like for him to get going again so we can coach him, because he doesn’t know,” Sarkisian said.
He added: “We’re trying to coach him the best we can in the walk-throughs and the individual periods and whatnot but ultimately, for him to practice is going to be critical.”
Veteran players such as defensive linemen Leonard Williams (shoulder) and Antwaun Woods (elbow) also have been sidelined but Sarkisian said they had been through “the fire” of preparing for and experiencing several seasons.