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Rodney McLeod drops down depth chart, will make Southern California trip

Junior strong safety Rodney McLeod will travel with the Virginia football team to Southern California despite continuing to deal with a left knee injury that caused him to sit out Saturday's season-opening win over Richmond. McLeod, typically a starter, was not listed on the two-deep depth chart the team issued Tuesday.

"It’s likely that he’ll be available," Virginia Coach Mike London said of McLeod, "but we’ll see how he feels on gameday."

Senior Trey Womack, who started in place of McLeod against the Spiders, and junior Dom Joseph are listed as interchangeable on the Cavaliers depth chart at the starting strong safety spot.

Also listed as interchangeable are senior cornerback Ras-I Dowling and sophomore cornerback Devin Wallace. Dowling, a two-time second team all-ACC selection, did not play against Richmond due to a lingering hamstring pull. London said Dowling will make the trip to USC, though his status for the game remains unclear.

Dowling was listed as a starter on last week's depth chart and was announced as a starter at Scott Stadium during pregame warmups. But Dowling did not start and did not play. Wallace started in his place.

"We’ll see again here today where he’s at," London said. "A hamstring pull for a skilled athlete is something that can tie you up for a while, and we just want to be smart with him and about him. He knows his body better than anybody else, and we’ll look to see how he feels after today’s practice and tomorrow’s."

By Steve Yanda  |  September 7, 2010; 1:42 PM ET
 
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