Season ending for Mitchell

USC confirmed freshman receiver Steven Mitchell suffered a season ending injury during a voluntary throwing session Friday morning.

Friday morning Steven Mitchell was running through routine one-on-one drills when he went down, immediately clutching his right knee and screaming in pain. There was no doubt the freshman receiver had just suffered a serious injury while taking extra reps following the Trojans voluntary throwing session.

USC confirmed Friday afternoon, Mitchell suffered a season ending injury, tearing ligaments in his right knee.

USC freshman Steven Mitchell went down during Friday's voluntary throwing session.
Mitchell, who often stays after practice to take more reps, was running a route guarded by fellow freshman defensive back Leon McQuay. Mitchell planted his right leg and turned to make the catch when his knee appeared to buckle under him, bending awkwardly. He fell to his back, his right knee bent to his chest - arms wrapped around it. No contact was made with McQuay.

Per NCAA rules, no USC staff members are allowed to witness voluntary workouts. Freshman Max Browne sprinted off Cromwell Field in search of the trainers. Minutes later members of the staff attended to Mitchell, who continued laying on the turf groaning in pain. He was then carted off the field.

Mitchell was a 2013 Army All-American and a four-star receiver.

He was expected to contend for the No. 3 spot in the receiving rotation for the Trojans this season.

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