Jordan's speed rush off the edge will be key for Oregon to pressure Matt Barkley.
York has been able to carry the senior leadership most expected from the sidelines in a disheartening knee injury again this season. Boyett was lost early, but make no mistake, Avery Patterson has done all he can to fill those shoes.
This week 'Storm LA' has hit it's stride as numerous Duck fans have flocked to the Coliseum for the highly anticipated match up with USC.
DuckTerritory has kept a tight watch on key injuries with the big game just over 24 hours away. Here's the latest news regarding the key injuries and what we have gathered from sources close to the program.
Kiko Alonso - Alonso had a club on his wrist after a minor injury two weeks ago. He did not play last week against Colorado although he was suited up and 'active.' The latest intel suggest the club has been removed although don't be surprised to see him sport a light brace during the game. All signs indicate Alonso is cleared and will resume his normal role against USC.
Dion Jordan - Jordan has done his best to dodge the media with regards to his injury all week long. The reports suggest he had several good days of practice and is also cleared for the game tomorrow. This has to be considered one of the most pivotal pieces for the Oregon defense as getting pressure to Matt Barkley will be critical to Oregon's success. Jordan is clearly the best pass-rusher on the Oregon defense and should draw numerous double-teams from Trojan lineman tomorrow.
Colt Lyerla - Lyerla suffered what appeared to be a minor injury two weeks ago at ASU. By all accounts he practiced this week with no noticeable limp and should be ready to play. Lyerla could be another important piece as his hands in the end zone, and his role in the backfield as a jumbo back could come into play against a very physical USC defense.
Mana Greig - Greig got the start last week against Colorado but unfortunately he was cut short with an apparent leg injury. He came off the field with help and has been sporting crutches since. By most accounts his season is over at Oregon.
Small depth chart note - Will Murphy is now listed ahead of Keanon Lowe on the depth chart for tomorrow. It's not known whether this is permanent or based on game strategy against USC. Murphy isn't exactly a threat with the ball in his hands, but his blocking is top notch and that is pivotal to Oregon getting the run game going, opening up the pass.