Morgan Breslin, who played for USC in 2012 and 2013, has filed a lawsuit against the school for breach of contract and negligence, claiming university officials guided him in purchasing an insurance policy that did not pay out after he suffered a career-ending injury.
Breslin is seeking unspecified damages.
Breslin recorded 19½ tackles for losses, including 13 sacks, in 2012.
The suit states that Breslin was designated an “Exceptional Student-Athlete” for the next season and was eligible for a policy that “in theory protected him in the event that he was unable to play in the NFL due to an injury sustained while playing for USC.”
Breslin applied for the policy through Amtrust at Lloyd’s with guidance from USC officials, the suit claims.
Breslin suffered an unspecified injury on Sept. 28, the suit says. Breslin was not selected in the 2014 NFL draft. He signed as a free agent with the San Francisco 49ers, but did not make the roster.
He filed a claim under the policy in May 2014, but it was denied, and Amtrust later filed a lawsuit in New Jersey asking that the policy be declared void, the suit says.
USC did not disclose the injury to underwriters, the suit claims.
A USC athletic department spokesman said the school does not comment on pending litigation.