USC freshman running back Vavae Malepeai will miss 6-to-8 weeks with a shoulder injury, according to a report by Michael Castillo on ReignOfTroy.com.
Malepeai, a 2016 Mililani graduate and Hawaii’s all-time leading high school rusher, broke his scapula during practice last week.
In Castillo’s story, he mentions Malepeai as having “turned heads” at practice.
He wrote: “With a quick, yet physical pin-balling running style, he had emerged as a potential breakout star despite being the freshman in a crop of highly talented backs.”
The story goes on to say that Malepeai was getting more reps with the second team during last week’s first week of training camp and that he was possibly going to be a complement to starters Justin Davis and Ronald Jones and change-of-pace back Dominic Davis.
Malepeai is expected to miss September and return in early October and, due to the injury, is a redshirt candidate.
Here is Castillo’s ReignOfTroy.com story on Malepeai.
There is an excellent action photo of Malepeai in a USC jersey on that link.