Wednesday Practice: Surgery for Pinkard

USC senior defensive back Josh Pinkard has a torn ACL that will require surgery, Pete Carroll said after Wednesday's practice.

Surgery for Pinkard

USC senior defensive back Josh Pinkard has a torn ACL that will require surgery, Pete Carroll said after Wednesday's practice.

"He will have surgery," Carroll said. "I don't think he will wait too long though. He has been through this before so he wants to get that knocked out and get it done as soon as possible."

Pinkard, who has already had two season-ending knee injuries, suffered his latest injury on Arizona's final touchdown against the Trojans in the season finale.

"Josh has had three injuries that have happened to him that have all been non-contact injuries," Carroll said. "Unfortunately, he knows how to deal with this and comeback."

Gable Staying Positive

As the USC Trojans begin their preparations for the Emerald Bowl, fans and even the coaches are starting to look to the future.

As the draft eligible players start to reveal their intentions to stay in school or bolt for the NFL, one player whose future is still in doubt, is junior tailback C.J. Gable.

"I haven't really thought about it. I have just been thinking about the bowl game right now and getting in," Gable said. "That's what I have been thinking about the whole season, is getting in. I haven't really been thinking about coming next year or leaving next year."

Gable is in a unique situation because he has gone from starting 11 games as a redshirt sophomore to receiving just 22 carries in 2009.

"Allen Bradford's emergence and Joe (McKnight) getting the ball more, he just got left out of the rotation," Pete Carroll said.

Gable admitted that he has been frustrated by his lack of opportunities this season, but he has stayed focused and shown maturity by not complaining or letting his diminished role impact his effort in practice.

"It's been frustrating, anybody would be frustrated," he said. "If you don't get frustrated then why would you play, if you don't care if you don't get in or not?

"I care because I want to play. I can't do anything about it but keep on doing what I am doing, working hard and let everybody see what I can do."

Carroll added: "He has been very tough about it. He's just a tough kid and he's not gonna gripe or complain. He would just love to play and he's frustrated by that, but it just hasn't worked out right for him this year. He's always been a great kid about it."

While Gable is understandably frustrated by his lack of playing time, he has remains optimistic and said his desire to finish his degree will be a big factor in his decision.

"I was always angry and I was making dumb decisions off of my angry," Gable said. "Now I am thinking clearly, so think more important is graduation because football doesn't last forever."

Gable plans to meet with Coach Carroll at the conclusion of the season to discuss his role on the team before make a final decision on his future.

Hot Reads

- USC cornerback Shareece Wright is academically eligible and could contribute during the Emerald Bowl.

"Shareece did really well in school. He got his grades," Carroll said. "He's definitely available to us and we are happy for him. He did really well in school this time."

- Safety Will Harris returned to practice after missing the first two days of bowl pep with a tooth infection.

"He was real crabby today," Carroll joked. "He's like a bear with a sore tooth."

- USC senior left tackle Charles Brown was named the winner of the Morris Trophy on Tuesday. The Morris Trophy is awarded to the top offensive and defensive linemen in the Pac-10 Conference and is unique and especially meaningful because it is voted on by the players. The starting defensive linemen in the Pac-10 voted Brown the top lineman in the conference.

- After racking up 22 tackles and 7 sacks in 2009, redshirt freshman defensive lineman Nick Perry has been named to the and Sporting News' Freshman All-America Teams. Perry was a valuable piece of USC's young defensive line and displayed great potential as a pass rusher this season.

C.J. Gable has stayed positive despite a lack of playing time.

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