COLUMBIA, SC - Halfway through Will Muschamp's first season and USC is staring at a 2-4 record, including a 1-4 mark in the SEC.
USC had a small margin for error at the start of the season, but injuries to the likes of Deebo Samuel and Bryan Edwards have contributed to the offensive struggles.
Sunday's game with Georgia marked the first time since the season opener that both Samuel and Edwards were on the field together for a full 60 minutes.
While the defense has been able to generate some turnovers, the offense is last in the SEC. Senior Perry Orth and freshman Brandon McIlwain have each started three games with Orth getting the call for last Sunday's game with Georgia.
With injuries and inexperience playing a big role in the team's struggles on that side of the ball, Orth thinks it's a matter of time before that unit starts clicking.
“It’s tough, but you’ve just got to believe you’re going to get out of it,” Orth said.
“It’s like playing baseball, and you’re in a slump. The only way to get out of a slump is just believe you’re going to get out of one. That’s kind of where we are right now. We’re in a little rut right now, and we’ve believe we’re capable of getting out of it, and we are.”
USC will be back at Williams-Brice Stadium next Saturday, October 22, for a high noon showdown with UMASS.