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USC's Hershel Dennis out for Orange Bowl

Dec. 17, 2004 at 12:43 PM

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Southern California tailback Hershel Dennis will not play in the Orange Bowl contest against Oklahoma because of a knee injury.

Dennis suffered torn ligaments in his left knee during a scrimmage after playing sparingly this season. He started every game in 2003. The Los Angeles Times reported he is expected to have surgery within a month.

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There is a chance the injury could force Dennis to sit out next season.

Dennis was suspended for nearly a month this season for violating team rules.

"He's had such a hard year -- my heart goes out to Hershel," Coach Pete Carroll told the newspaper.

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