USC has lost its most tenured linemen for good.
Guard Viane Talamaivao’s season is over after the lineman underwent surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle suffered in the Trojans’ loss to Washington State, coach Clay Helton announced Wednesday. Because Talamaivao has played in 5 games this season, he most likely will not be granted a medical redshirt (the NCAA’s limit is usually 4 games), meaning his college career is also likely over.
“Viane has been very much a rock to us for four years,” Helton said, via the athletic department’s official site. “Very much a leader. He’s near and dear to all our hearts and has been a true Trojan. Love him to death. Awesome gentleman and awesome student-athlete.”
— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) October 5, 2017
Talamaivao started in 37 games for the Trojans from 2014-2017. The offensive lineman came to USC from nearby Corona Centennial High School in 2014 and made the 2014 All-Pac-12 honorable mention list after starting the final 11 games of his freshman season. The non-governmental organizations major battled knee and elbow injuries in his final three seasons to appear in 32 games, and appeared in a total of 45 games over his career.
True freshman Andrew Vorhees is expected to start in place of Talamaivao on Saturday against Oregon State.