Abe Markowitz, USC's center/shot-putter who earned himself a scholarship with his work last spring and summer, will have surgery on his slow-healing right fifth metatarsal Thursday.
The original fracture came the week before the Hawai'i game in August and prevented Markowitz from returning home for the game. But it was felt at the time he'd get back before the end of the season. However the fracture just hasn't healed quickly.
"I think it's the way I walk on it," said the 6-foot-3, 300-pound Markowitz last week when asked about his change to a new boot that he hoped would speed the healing so he could get back for some of spring practice. But Monday there was a change in the diagnosis and direction for Markowitz' rehab.
He will have surgery tomorrow, sources at USC confirmed.
The injury surprisingly has not limited Markowitz' presence or even some of his participation in winter workouts. He's been out on the field with his offensive line teammates every day they've been on the field and either doing the formation work or helping put them through their paces.
His spring absence will be taken up by the shift of guard Khaled Holmes to center as well as the concentration of freshman redshirt Giovanni Di Poalo on that spot.
There's no timetable yet for the redshirt junior Markowitz' return.
He's also considered a candidate for the Samoan team as a shotputter for the 2012 London Olympics.