June 7, 2007
Martin Coleman enrolled at USC a semester early to get a jump on the competition.
As the only true freshman to participate in spring football, his edge was both mental and physical.
After re-aggravating a shoulder injury from high school, that physical edge has become a temporary handicap. Coleman must now find the silver lining in the Cardinal & Gold.
Two weeks ago, the former four-star offensive tackle from Huntington Beach Edison learned that his Trojan debut would be postponed. Requiring surgery on his Labrum, Coleman was clueless that he entered spring football last March at less than 100-percent.
"I've had this injury since high school," said Coleman. "Nobody thought it was a big deal until the trainers here at USC started to watch me on bench press after spring. My left arm would go higher than my right, so they could tell something was wrong with my shoulder.
"They had me get an MRI, which I couldn't fit in of course. I had to lie in the machine sideways for the whole 30 minutes because it wasn't built for big guys like me.
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