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September 12, 2018

QB JT Daniels resumes throwing after bruising hand

USC quarterback JT Daniels is on track to play at Texas.

Daniels, who suffered a bruised throwing hand in the first quarter of last Saturday’s 17-3 loss at Stanford, returned to practice Tuesday and went through the padded workout without much issue.

“It’s a lot better,” Daniels said. “I’m close to 100 (percent) right now.”

Trojans coach Clay Helton said afterward that he was left confident Daniels would be available to play against the Longhorns.

“I thought he was decisive, especially in our last period when we’re trying to give him the best look possible with our defense,” Helton said. “He let it go. I didn’t see any hesitation. I didn’t see any wincing. He had a good bruise. It hurts like heck when you bang it off the helmet. But after a couple days and rehab, it feels great. He really looked good.”

 

Sophomore tight end Josh Falo returned to practice Tuesday, a boost to a position group that has seen a quiet start to the season.

The Trojans’ tight ends caught only two passes in the first two games — one each by Tyler Petite and Erik Krommenhoek.

Helton said Falo is “very close” to making a return after he missed the first two games due to a hamstring injury.

“Josh is an offensive weapon that we love to use,” Helton said. “He’s been effective for us in the past.”

Safety Bubba Bolden remains absent due to an undisclosed matter. “I have no new news for you,” Helton said.

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