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Porter Gustin | Linebacker

Team: USC Trojans
Age / DOB:  (21) / 2/8/1997
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 260

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USC senior LB Porter Gustin suffered a season-ending fractured ankle late in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s victory over Colorado.
"We are all kind of numb right now, to be honest with you," USC head coach Clay Helton said. "He’s a force of nature, and you think of him as a superhero, as Thor ... and to know that he’s not going to be with us for the remaining part of the season is obviously something that hurts us all." Gustin will undergo surgery and then will begin rehabilitation to prepare for the NFL draft. This is obviously a tough blow for USC, as well as to Gustin's NFL stock. Gustin has been one of the Pac-12's best defenders the past three years when he's been healthy, but he struggles to stay on the field. Gustin was limited to only four games last year due to toe and biceps injuries. He also suffered a meniscus tear in his left knee during camp this summer. Oct 15 - 12:43 PM
Source: ESPN

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USC senior LB Porter Gustin will sit out the first half of Friday's game against Washington State as punishment for his targeting ejection in the second half of last weekend's loss to Texas.

Just a friendly reminder in case you tune into our first bit of Pac-12 After Dark action on Friday and are left wondering why Gustin's not on the field. Gustin was ejected last Saturday after leveling Sam Ehlinger with a big hit which knocked the quarterback's helmet off. The hit itself did not look particularly egregious in terms of targeting, and frankly, if a helmet is being worn properly, it shouldn't be able to fly off at all. Regardless, Gustin's out for a half. Look for redshirt freshman Hunter Echols to see an extended run against the Cougars as the team tries to cover for the temporary absence of its senior leader. Through three games, he has registered 15 tackles (5.5 for loss), four sacks and one pass defensed.
Sep 21 - 3:56 PM

USC senior LB Porter Gustin was ejected in the third quarter of Saturday's game against Texas for targeting.

Gustin's ejection means that he will have to sit out the first half of USC's game against Washington State Sept. 21. As for the remainder of Saturday's game, redshirt freshman Hunter Echols slides into the spot left vacant by one of USC's most experienced defensive players.
Sep 15 - 10:36 PM

USC head coach Clay Helton expects senior LB Porter Gustin (knee) to play against UNLV on Saturday.

Gustin (6'4/262) has progressed quickly -- he is known for his insane work ethic in the weight room -- from his partially torn meniscus. A few days back, Gustin claimed that he would be 100% soon, and it appears he is feeling good enough to play in a game not overly important. Expect Gustin to play on Saturday, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see him play less snaps than usual as he eases back into action. USC plays at Stanford and at Texas after the UNLV game.
Aug 29 - 9:36 PM

USC senior LB Porter Gustin (knee) posted several videos of himself working out on Instagram.

Gustin (6'4/262) has been shuttered away from the media over the past few weeks while he's continued his rehab of a slight meniscus tear sustained early in preseason camp. He unshuttered himself on Instagram temporarily, though, writing, "Knee feels great, I'll be 100% soon." Included in that post, videos of him doing some sled and running work. While it's a good sign that his rehab is coming along, we won't have a true idea how close he is to a return to practice action until USC updates the situation.
Aug 25 - 12:38 PM

USC senior LB Porter Gustin (knee) is on track with his rehab for a torn meniscus.

Gustin (6'4/262) is trying to beat the initial 4-6 week recovery timetable -- which later turned into just 2-4 weeks -- to be ready for the season opener against UNLV. However, the real rush is to be ready for Stanford and Bryce Love on Sept. 8. Despite being plagued by injuries throughout his USC career, Gustin is considered a Day 1 or Day 2 pick in the 2019 NFL draft.
Aug 15 - 9:58 PM

USC's Twitter post announcing the knee surgery of senior LB Porter Gustin gave him a recovery timetable of 2-4 weeks, considerably more optimistic than the initially reported 4-6 week estimation.

Multiple outlets came out on Wednesday to report that Gustin had undergone surgery to repair a partially-torn meniscus sustained during Tuesday's practice. USC confirmed what they termed a "minor meniscus tear" in his left knee, but there was one big difference in their tweet than what had been floated in the news -- a considerably shorter timeline to return to action. On this 2-4 week path, it's even possible that Gustin would be able to play in the Trojans' opener against UNLV on Sept. 1. We're not holding our breath for that, as USC has no real incentive to push him into action (especially given his injury history). One week later, though, they'll be playing Stanford.
Aug 9 - 1:34 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that USC senior LB Porter Gustin is expected to miss 4-6 weeks due to a partially torn meniscus.

Gustin (6'4/262) was carted off the field after injuring his knee during Tuesday's practice. He subsequently underwent an MRI. While HC Clay Helton expressed some optimism prior to receiving the results -- he referred to it as "extremely precautionary" -- it would appear that the senior linebacker will have to spend the next month-plus in rehabilitation barring a fast turnaround. Gustin played in just a handful of games last season due to toe and bicep injuries, so this is all a continuation of a poor trend. With him likely out of action into the regular season, look for USC to give closer looks to Oluwole Betiku and Hunter Echols.
Aug 8 - 4:42 PM

USC senior LB Porter Gustin will undergo an MRI after being carted off the practice field with an apparent knee injury on Tuesday.

Given Gustin's recent health history -- he struggled with toe and bicep injuries last year -- this newest injury causes the heart to sink a little bit. Trojans HC Clay Helton put on an optimistic face when speaking with reporters, though, calling the linebacker's MRI "extremely precautionary" and noting that "the knee seems stable from what the doctors said." Gustin's a phenomenal athlete when healthy and a potential Day 1 or Day 2 selection for next spring's draft. We should have a better idea as to the severity of the 6-foot-5, 262-pounder's injury once USC's able to examine his MRI results.
Aug 8 - 11:18 AM

USC senior LB Porter Gustin has put on seven pounds of weight over the last year.

Gustin (6'5/262) told The Athletic's Bruce Feldman that he's feeling stronger and more explosive than he did last offseason. He's looking to turn in a healthy 2018 season after toe and biceps injuries limited him to just four games played during the past campaign. When he's right, he is one of the more dynamic athletes in the country, capable of a vertical jump in the 35-37-inch range, a bench press of 475 pounds and a squat of 575 pounds. Along with Cameron Smith, Gustin forms the nucleus of a strong Trojans linebacking corps, one which ESPN's Edward Aschoff views as the team's stoutest position group.
Jul 14 - 12:52 PM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff lists linebacker as the strongest position for USC coming into the 2018 season.

The Trojans lose a ton of offensive talent -- and a couple of quality defensive players as well -- but they do return one of the best linebacker corps on paper for the 2018 season. "Getting All-American talent Porter Gustin back from injury this spring was huge, as is the return over inside leader Cameron Smith," writes Aschoff. If USC is going to compete for a Pac-12 championship it's going to be the defense that leads them there, and those two linebackers along with freshman Kana'i Mauga give them a chance.
Source: ESPN
Jun 4 - 12:45 PM

USC senior LB Porter Gustin (toe) is working as a full participant in spring practice.

Gustin (6'5/260) underwent toe surgery in mid-September and ultimately managed to appear in just four games for the Trojans during the 2017 campaign. He's finally healed up. Said HC Clay Helton, "It’s something to watch him work, because he’s infectious to everyone else. He sets a standard for how practice should be." Gustin's return for 2018 will be crucial to the Trojans cause, as they are working to replace three of their top four sack artists from the past campaign. During a healthy 2016 season, Gustin registered 68 tackles (13.0 for loss) and 5.5 sacks.
Mar 10 - 1:11 PM

The Orange County Register's Joey Kaufman reports that USC junior OLB Porter Gustin will return to school for the 2018 season.

The Trojans lost two big-time offensive performers to the draft this week in QB Sam Darnold and RB Ronald Jones, but they do get a major defensive piece back into the fold in the form of Gustin. The 6-foot-5, 260-pounder posted 68 tackles (13.0 for loss) and 5.5 sacks back in 2016, but the 2017 campaign was something of a lost one. He broke his toe in Week 2 and appeared in just four total games on the year. A return to school makes complete sense given his situation. He probably would have been in the Day 2 conversation had he declared, but that declaration would have come with medical questions and a near-complete lack of tape from his junior campaign.
Jan 5 - 7:00 PM

USC junior OLB Porter Gustin (toe) was not dressed for Tuesday's practice.

Gustin (6'5/260) said earlier in December that it's very unlikely that he plays in the Cotton Bowl against Ohio State on Friday. He continues to rehab from a broken toe sustained just two weeks into the season. There has been some progress on that front -- he recently shed his walking boot -- but at this juncture we would be very surprised if he attempts to play versus the Buckeyes.
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 04:43:00 PM

USC junior OLB Porter Gustin (toe) said that the chances of him playing in the Cotton Bowl against Ohio State on Dec. 29 are "very, very small."

Gustin (6'5/260) is finally out of his walking boot -- he underwent surgery for a broken toe following a Week 2 win over Stanford -- but has not yet begun practicing. We'll continue to monitor his status over the next 10 days, however slight the chance is that he'll able be able to make a push toward playing versus the Buckeyes.
Tue, Dec 19, 2017 05:20:00 PM