Last Saturday morning, Lincoln Riley told Solomon Byrd to be ready. The Wyoming transfer had played just five snaps the week before but was trending up at practice.
Not even Riley realized how much USC would need Byrd against Stanford. After starting rush end Romello Height left with a shoulder injury, Byrd played 49 snaps, 21 more than Korey Foreman, who sat behind Height on the depth chart. Byrd racked up two sacks too.
“I was thrilled for Solomon,” Grinch said. “He’ll have an impact this week as well.”
It’s unclear if that rotation will remain the same this week. Height is likely to miss Saturday’s game, leaving it an open question who might take his place.
Foreman said he’s just focused on staying consistent.
“Skill, talent, that’s all cool and all, but effort, you can’t teach effort,” Foreman said. “That’s all within, so just trying to do the best you can and making sure every single day is the same day if not better.”