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Sunday, November 27, 2011
Robert Woods to have ankle surgery

By Pedro Moura
ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- USC receiver Robert Woods will undergo offseason surgery on the injured right ankle that bothered him throughout the 2011 season, Trojans coach Lane Kiffin said Sunday.

Woods, a sophomore from nearby Gardena, hurt the ankle playing pick-up basketball the night before USC's spring game in April. He missed the scrimmage and then sat out of some summer workouts while recovering from the injury.

He played in all 12 USC games this season but appeared increasingly hampered as the year went on, also bothered by a separated shoulder and elbow sprain. He finished the season with a school- and conference-record 111 catches for 1,292 yards and 15 touchdowns and is one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award.

Woods had 12 catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns in USC's season-ending 50-0 victory over UCLA on Saturday. His per-game pace would have put him at 130 catches if USC were eligible to play in the Pac-12 championship game and a subsequent bowl.

In other injury news, Kiffin said freshman running back Amir Carlisle will also undergo offseason surgery on his knee.

Kiffin said other unspecified players would also require minor surgeries.

"There is a lot of clean-up work to do," Kiffin said.

Peter Yoons covers UCLA for ESPNLosAngeles.com.