USC notebook: RB Keaontay Ingram misses game against No. 13 BYU
LOS ANGELES — It was hard not to watch USC’s hype video at the Coliseum ahead of Saturday’s game against No. 13 BYU and not be struck by the faces of the Trojans unable to play. Receiver Drake London, out with a fractured ankle. Quarterback Kedon Slovis, out with a muscle injury.
Running back Keaontay Ingram joined the unlucky list on Saturday, watching the Trojans from the sidelines in the street clothes.
Ingram was considered a game-time decision with a rib injury suffered last week against UCLA. But he watched the team warm up in grey sweats before taking part in the Trojans’ senior day ceremonies.
A transfer from Texas, Ingram has emerged as USC’s leading rusher this season, carrying the ball 156 times for 911 yards and five touchdowns.
In his place, USC turned to senior Vavae Malepeai and TCU transfer Darwin Barlow.
Ingram was one of several Trojans not to dress on Saturday. Offensive tackle Courtland Ford missed the game after falling ill earlier this week. Tight end Michael Trigg also did not play as he continues to deal with a lower leg injury.
Prior to the game, long-time USC sports information director Tim Tessalone was honored in a ceremony in the Coliseum press box. The game marked the final home game Tessalone will work before retiring at the end of the calendar year. USC athletic director Mike Bohn and Tessalone’s family unveiled a plaque to honor Tessalone’s 43 years working at his alma mater.
Tessalone was also honored with an in-game video during the second quarter, with tributes from former Trojans like Matt Leinart and Matt Barkley, and actor Will Ferrell.