Markowitz wants to stay for sixth year...

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USC fifth-year senior Abe Markowitz will appeal to the NCAA for a sixth season of eligibility. He wants to remain a Trojan despite knowing that Coach Lane Kiffin says he has no scholarship for Markowitz in 2013.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Fifth-year senior Abe Markowitz wants to give it another run on the football field.

He just doesn't know if and how he'll be able to.

The first hurdle for the offensive lineman to cross is gaining permission for a sixth season from the NCAA.

"[The NCAA] needs a good statement from me," Markowitz explained after practice on Wednesday, "explaining injuries and not being allowed to play."

Markowitz did not see any action in 2010 due to a foot injury and missed the 2011 season after undergoing foot surgery.

The second hurdle could in fact prove to be bigger than the first.

Markowitz needs a team to suit up for.

Coach Lane Kiffin said Wednesday the Trojans do not have a scholarship available for Markowitz next season, "We're not bringing him back," he said. "We don't have room."

"There' a potential that he's looking into going somewhere else but this is his last year with us," Kiffin explained further.

Markowitz says he'd like to finish out his career at USC for numerous reasons.

"(It's the) easiest thing to do," he said. "I don't have to relearn anything. I don't have to learn a new system or move. I just have to figure out a way to pay for school," which seemed to be the obstacle weighing heaviest on his mind.

Markowitz plans to stay at USC through this school year and participate in spring football drills with the Trojans.

"I want to play for USC again," he said.

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