Guard Joel Crisman, whose absence in the Penn State game two weekends ago cost the USC football team dearly, also will miss the Washington State game Saturday night at the Coliseum.
Coach John Robinson said Tuesday that the right big toe Crisman injured in the Houston game Sept. 4 must heal before he can play. Crisman, a 6-5, 290-pound senior who starts at left guard, was replaced by freshman Kyle Ramsay at Penn State Sept. 11. and Ramsay had a long afternoon against Penn State All-American defensive tackle Lou Benfatti. Robinson said sophomore Jeremy Hogue will play in Crisman’s spot against the Cougars.
And if Crisman’s status wasn’t worrisome enough for Robinson, he had even more troubles to contemplate several hours later. Within an hour at practice:
--Starting right guard Kris Pollack was led way on a golf cart with a shoulder injury. X-rays were negative, but his status for Saturday wasn’t immediately clear.
--All-American offensive tackle Tony Boselli injured his right shoulder and he, too, left practice.
Robinson has moved reserve sophomore defensive end John Michels to offensive tackle. Joe Barry has become a starter at inside linebacker. And linebacker Gerald Caruthers, recovered from assorted injuries, moves ahead of Brian Williams.