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USC’s Morgan Breslin Undergoes Sports Hernia Surgery

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Running back Deantre Lewis #25 of the Arizona State Sun Devils rushes the football for 45 yards past linebacker Morgan Breslin #91 of the USC Trojans during the fourth quarter of the college football game at Sun Devil Stadium on September 28, 2013 in Tempe, Arizona. The Sun Devils defeated the Trojans 62-41. (credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Running back Deantre Lewis #25 of the Arizona State Sun Devils rushes the football for 45 yards past linebacker Morgan Breslin #91 of the USC Trojans during the fourth quarter of the college football game at Sun Devil Stadium on September 28, 2013 in Tempe, Arizona. The Sun Devils defeated the Trojans 62-41. (credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California linebacker Morgan Breslin had sports hernia surgery on Tuesday, coach Ed Orgeron says.

Breslin already had been declared out for the regular season with a hip injury.

The senior played in just five games for the No. 23 Trojans (8-3, 5-2 Pac-12) this season, recording 15 tackles and 4 1/2 sacks despite never being fully healthy.

He was among the nation’s top defensive linemen last season with 13 sacks and 19 1/2 tackles for loss, the most in both categories at USC since Kenechi Udeze in 2003.

J.R. Tavai has taken Breslin’s starting spot for the Trojans, who have won five of six under the interim leadership of Orgeron, also their defensive line coach.

Breslin is among 12 Trojans who already had been ruled out for the season with injuries.

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