How many on scholie will USC play vs. Beavs?

USC WILL HAVE the fewest number of scholarship players available that they’ve had this season when they face off against Oregon State. That puts even more of a premium on injuries, suspensions, academics and the like.

USC will have 61 scholie players eligible this week against Oregon State, one less than they’ve had the first three games.

The NCAA scholarship limit is 85, with many teams often carrying around between 80-85 depending on how their recruiting math works out, injuries, attrition, etc.

USC has 67 scholie players on their roster, (3 are out for the season with injuries, 1 is injured this week, 1 is academically ineligible and 1 is indefinitely suspended).

But USC also has yet to suit up more than 60 recruited scholarship players in 2014 because of the NCAA-mandated scholarship limitations and injuries and other factors.

Of their 67 players on scholarship, 62 were eligible the first three weeks – but they’ve only suited up 57, 52 and 54 in the first three games.

Only having 61 is a burden. And only playing 50-some is too.

The starters on the depth chart, as well as all the 2’s except in one instance, remain the same as they did on the depth chart heading into Boston College.

Greg Townsend Jr. has returned off the injured list after missing the games against Stanford and Boston College. He is listed as the second-string defensive end behind Leonard Williams.

Tre Madden is listed as INJ on the depth chart after being listed as third on the depth chart for Boston College. The running back has been reported to have a case of turf toe. So redshirt freshman James Toland IV is listed as the No. 3 behind Javorius Allen and Justin Davis at running back.

Lamar Dawson is also listed as injured at the WIL. He’s coming back from a knee injury last season.

Cornerback Devian Shelton, previously listed as injured, is fourth on the depth chart behind Kevon Seymour, Adoree’ Jackson and Jonathan Lockett. He had surgery on his foot earlier this year.

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