USC's Steven Mitchell out for season

Updated: June 7, 2013, 6:51 PM ET
By Garry Paskwietz |

USC freshman wide receiver Steven Mitchell will miss the 2013 season after suffering torn ligaments in his right knee during a voluntary workout on Friday morning.

Mitchell was taking part in a throwing session with several of his USC teammates at the Loker Track Stadium when he began running a route, made a cut and instantly went down clutching his right knee in obvious pain. He was taken off the field on a cart by the USC medical staff and underwent an MRI exam.

An explosive playmaker, Mitchell was hoping to earn playing time as a true freshman in the fall after a stellar career at Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany, where he was ranked as the No. 90 player in the ESPN 150. Mitchell had been a regular attendee at USC spring ball sessions in an effort to get a head start on learning the offense.

Mitchell is the second USC receiver to have a season-ending knee surgery as George Farmer suffered a torn ACL and MCL in spring ball. In addition to starters Marqise Lee and Nelson Agholor, the Trojans' remaining receiver group also includes Victor Blackwell, De'Von Flournoy and Darreus Rogers.

Garry Paskwietz | email