The NFL Scouting Combine annually selects more than 300 players to work out in front of every team’s front office, coaching staff and scouting department. Every year players who arguably deserve to make the trip to Indianapolis are left off the invitation list. But no other player might be a bigger snub this year than USC defensive end Morgan Breslin.

Breslin, who played two seasons at USC after transferring from Diablo Valley (CA) College, finished third in the nation in sacks (13.0) during his redshirt junior year in 2012. The 6-foot-2, 245-pound defensive end finished just behind former Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones (14.5) and former UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr (13.5).

Breslin was limited to just five games this past season due to a painful injury, but was still very productive, totaling 4.5 sacks and 8 tackles for loss.

“I was in pain the whole season for every single game,” Breslin told in a telephone interview. “We were treating it like a groin injury and I kept playing through it and kept playing through it. Eventually I ended up having a sports hernia because of it. I tried to play through it but the pain was pretty much unbearable. I consider myself a pretty tough dude and I just got to the point where I wasn’t helping the team.”

Doctors operated on Breslin to repair his sports hernia in November. Since then, he has made a full recovery.

“Morgan is one of the toughest guys I’ve ever known,” former USC interim head coach Ed Orgeron said via telephone. “He didn’t complain about anything. I don’t know how long he was playing with it, but there was no way that Morgan was going to let down his teammates. He’s such a team player.”

While he missed the remainder of the Trojans’ season, Breslin says that he’s now feeling “100 percent.” He’s also extremely disappointed that he won’t be attending the annual combine.