Ed Orgeron announced two season-ending injuries on Wednesday. Freshman tailback Justin Davis is out for the rest of the season after undergoing ankle surgery, while linebacker Lamar Dawson is out after suffering a severe knee injury in Tuesday's practice. Dawson has registered 1.5 sacks this year and ranks fourth on the team with 35 tackles. Davis leads the Trojans in rushing touchdowns with six and is averaging just under seven yards per carry. Silas Redd and Javorius Allen will fill the void left by Davis and Tre Madden, who is questionable for Saturday.
Due to a glut of injuries this year, the Trojans are down to just three halfbacks, three wide receivers and three tight ends. USC will suit up one healthy scholarship tight end in Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick, a sophomore with one career catch. It's possible that, among the 22 players who started against Notre Dame, at least seven will be unavailable to play against Utah.