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USC K McGrath out for season with torn ACL

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    • Attended Washington State University.

USC kicker Chase McGrath will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL, coach Clay Helton announced Sunday.

McGrath suffered the injury in the third quarter of Saturday’s 37-14 loss to Texas when he tried to make a tackle after the Longhorns blocked his 50-yard field goal attempt. The blocked kick was returned for a 46-yard touchdown by Texas’ Anthony Wheeler. McGrath appeared to have injured his right knee when he tried to make a tackle on Wheeler and was blocked.

With McGrath sidelined, USC will turn to redshirt sophomore Michael Brown, who missed nearly all of the 2017 season with a torn ACL.

Brown has not attempted a field goal or extra point in a game for USC but did handle kickoffs early last season before his injury.

In three games this year, McGrath was 6-of-8 on field goal attempts with a long of 47 yards. Last year, as a walk-on true freshman, he was 12-of-17 on field goals and was awarded a scholarship in the offseason.

Because the injury occurred within the first four games of the season, McGrath will retain his eligibility this season and become a redshirt sophomore in 2019.

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