Matua has been a three year starter for the Trojans at right guard and is known for intensity and emotional style of play.
Fred came to USC as a defensive tackle but was quickly moved to offense in part because of that fiery brand of play. It was thought that he could bring some life into an offensive line that needed a lift and he emerged this year as one of the bright spots on an o-line that was credited with being one of the best in the country.
Fred was named 2nd team All Pac-10 this season yet he did not ask for an evaluation of his potential draft status from the NFL, a common move among players considering early, and he is not expected to be an early round selection. The LA Times reports one NFL personnel director projecting him as a third or fourth round pick.
The loss of Matua at the right guard spot likely means that redshirt freshman Chilo Rachal will get the first opportunity in spring ball to step into that starting role. Rachal, from Dominguez HS, is considered one of the bright young players in the Trojan program.