Torn ACL to sideline Burks for season

LOS ANGELES -- Defensive end Charles Burks has a torn ACL, will undergo surgery and miss the 2011 season, Trojans coach Lane Kiffin said Wednesday.

Burks, a freshman from nearby Huntington Beach Edison, had started off fall camp earlier this month playing fullback before moving to the defensive spot last week.

He was backing up Wes Horton, Devon Kennard, Nick Perry and Kevin Greene at end but was a likely redshirt candidate.

As a senior defensive end at Edison, Burks had 86 tackles and 7.5 sacks in earning Super Prep All-Farwest honors. He was rated a three-star prospect in the 2011 class by ESPNU recruiting.

Kiffin said there were some unspecified “complications” with Burks’ ACL tear, but the 18-year-old is expected to undergo surgery within the next week.