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Meet the 2016 Trojans

by Justin Lin

Here’s a class-by-class look at the 2016 USC Trojans

Darreus Rogers #1 WR (SR)

Size: 6-1 215 lbs

Stats: 71 catches, 791 yards (11.1 AVG), 7 TDs

Tidbit: Quoted by Coach Ivan Lewis as someone who “knows his weaknesses, and he attacks his weaknesses”

Projection: Probable starter opposite of JuJu Smith-Schuster

De’Quan Hampton #13 WR (SR)

Size: 6-4 225 lbs

Stats: 15 catches, 165 yards (11.0 AVG)

Tidbit: JUCO Transfer from Long Beach City College, where he was a JUCO All-American

Projection: Key contributor at a stacked wide receiver group. Will probably get a lot of playing time in the red zone due to his size and wingspan.

Isaac Whitney #15 WR (RS SR)

Size: 6-3 220 lbs

Stats: 8 catches, 112 yards (14.0 Avg), 2 TDs

Tidbit: Also runs for the USC Track Team, where he competes in the 400-Meter Relay

Projection: Battling for playing time, will look to use speed as a home run threat

Quinton Powell #18 ILB (SR)

Size: 6-2 200 lbs

Stats: 45 tackles (4 for loss), 2 sacks

Tidbit: Powell is a Sociology major

Projection: Had a standout spring where he saw a lot of action with the first team, Powell will try to fight for a starting spot in the fall.

Michael Hutchings #19 ILB (SR)

Size: 6-1 215 lbs

Stats: 52 Tackles, 1 interception

Tidbit: Played at De La Salle High School, famous for their 151 game winning streak

Projection: Will look to battle for a starting position opposite of Cameron Smith

Justin Davis #22 RB (SR)

Size: 6-1, 200 lbs

Stats: 351 carries for 1,858 yards, 17 TDs, 32 catches for 288 yards, 2 TDs

Tidbit: Was named All Pac-12 Honorable Mention in 2015

Projection: Returning starter that will look to snag his first 1,000 yard rushing season

Leon McQuay #22 DB (SR)

Size: 6-1, 195 lbs

Stats: 73 (2 for loss) tackles, 11 deflections, 2 forced fumbles, 3 interceptions

Tidbit: Is the unofficial team DJ

Projection: Will battle Chris Hawkins and Marvell Tell III for a starting spot

Jabari Ruffin #40 DE (RS SR)

Size: 6-3, 245 lbs

Stats: 33 tackles (1 Sack), 2 forced fumbles

Tidbit: Graduated with a Policy, Planning, and Development degree in 2016

Projection: Will battle for a starting spot as an outside rusher in Clancy Penderghast’s 5-2 system

Deion Hart #41 S (RS SR)

Size: 5-9, 180 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Transferred from Sam Houston State in 2015

Projection: Practice Squad

Taylor McNamara TE #48 (RS SR)

Size: 6-5, 245 lbs

Stats: 13 receptions, 87 yards, 4 TDs

Tidbit: Is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Communication Management

Projection: Returning starter that will look to split time with both Tyler Petite and Daniel Imatorbhebhe

Jordan Simmons OL #68 (RS SR)

Size: 6-4, 325 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Is an artist in his spare time

Projection: Rotational player that may get looks at D-Line as well

Chad Wheeler OL #72 (RS SR)

Size: 6-6, 310 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Was named All PAC-12 Second Team in 2015, Most Experienced USC Offensive Lineman

Projection: Is projected as the starting left tackle, which would be his fourth consecutive year starting

Zach Banner OL #73 (RS SR)

Size: 6-9, 360 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Was once a member of the USC basketball program

Projection: A preseason All-American candidate, Banner is one of the top offensive linemen in the country and is slotted to start at Offensive Tackle

Zach Smith LS #92 (SR)

Size: 6-1, 220 lbs

Stats: 2 tackles

Tidbit: His long snapping trick shot YouTube went viral and has hundred of thousands of views

Projection: Starter

Adoree’ Jackson CB/WR #2 (JR)

Size: 5-11, 185 lbs

Stats: 84 tackles (4 for loss), 18 deflections, 1 interception (for TD), 37 receptions for 552 yards (14.9 AVG), 5 TDs, 8 carries carries for 41 yards, 53 kickoff returns for 1,374 yards and 2 TDs, 26 punt returns for 263 yards and 2 TDs

Tidbit: Jackson placed 8th at the Long Jump in the 2016 Men’s Track and Field Olympic Qualifiers

Projection: One of the most dynamic playmakers in the country, Jackson is an All-American candidate that is also on the Thorpe and Hornung Awards watchlist. He is slotted to start at one of the cornerback positions, with the potential of getting looks on offense and special teams

Max Browne QB #4 (RS JR)

Size: 6-5, 220 lbs

Stats: 11 for 19 passes (57.9 %), 143 yards

Tidbit: Won the Bob Chandler award in 2015, given to “an underclassmen with outstanding athletic ability, academic achievement, and character”.

Projection: Battling for the starting quarterback position, with all indications that he’s in the driver’s seat heading into fall camp.

Chris Hawkins DB #4 (RS JR)

Size: 5-11, 185 lbs

Stats: 102 tackles (2.5 for loss), 2 deflections, 2 fumble recoveries, 3 interceptions

Tidbit: Wants to be a real estate agent after football

Projection: As a returning starter at free safety, Hawkins will look to be one of the leaders on defense as he rehabs from an ankle injury.

Steven Mitchell Jr. WR #7 (RS JR)

Size: 5-10, 190 lbs

Stats: 44 receptions, 417 yards (9.5 AVG), 6 TDs

Tidbit: Graduated with a degree in Communications in 2016

Projection: Returning starter at slot receiver

JuJu Smith-Schuster WR #9 (JR)

Size: 6-2, 220 lbs

Stats: 143 catches, 2,178 yards (15.2 AVG), 15 TDs, 15 kickoff returns for 183 yards (12.2 AVG), 3 carries for 7 yards, 6 tackles

Tidbit: Added “Schuster” to his last name to honor his stepfather in 2015.

Projection: Arguably the best receiver in the country, Smithe-Schuster is both an All-American and Biletnikoff award candidate. He will start as a wide receiver.

Jonathan Lockett CB #23 (JR)

Size: 5-11, 180 lbs

Stats: 23 tackles, 1 pass deflection

Tidbit: Is majoring in Non-Governmental Organizations

Protection: Will look to provide depth at the cornerback position.

John Plattenburg DB #24 (JR)

Size: 5-11, 180 lbs

Stats: 66 tackles (4.5 for loss), 4 deflections, and 2 interceptions

Tidbit: Won the USC Community Service Award in 2015

Projection: Will look to battle Marvell Tell III for the starting strong safety position

James Toland IV RB #26 (RS JR)

Size: 5-11, 195 lbs

Stats: 32 carries, 125 yards (3.2 AVG)

Tidbit: Is a Psychology Major

Projection: Will be a reserve walk on running back

Kevin Carrasco DB #29 (RS JR)

Size: 6-0, 180 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Can speak three languages (English, Spanish, and Korean)

Projection: Practice squad defensive back

Yoofi Quansah DB/WR #34 (RS JR)

Size: 5-8, 170 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Transferred to USC from UC San Diego in 2015

Projection: Practice squad utility skill player

Olajuwon Tucker ILB #34 (JR)

Size: 6-3, 230 lbs

Stats: 43 tackles (3.5 for loss, with 2.5 sacks)

Tidbit: His nickname is Boodah

Projection: Will look to battle for a starting spot at ILB

Matt Lopes DB #37 (RS JR)

Size: 5-11, 195 lbs

Stats: 18 tackles

Tidbit: Matt’s father, Steve Lopes, is the senior associate athletic director and chief operating officer at USC

Projection: Will provide depth at the safety position

Matt Boermeester K #39 (RS JR)

Size: 6-0, 180 lbs

Stats: 22 kickoffs, 4/4 PAT

Tidbit: Matt’s dad, Peter Boermeester, was a kicker at UCLA from (1977-79)

Projection: Will look to battle for the starting kicking job in fall camp

Milo Stewart WR #41 (RS JR)

Size: 5-9, 170 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: This will be the first year that Stewart will play football for USC

Projection: Practice squad wide receiver

Uchenna Nwosu ILB #42 (JR)

Size: 6-3, 235 lbs

Stats: 40 tackles (1.5 for loss), 1 pass deflection

Tidbit: Was a standout basketball player in high school

Projection: Will compete for a starting spot at defensive end.

Toa Lobendahn OL #50 (JR)

Size: 6-3, 295 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Toa’s father, Vince, was an Offensive Linemen at Utah from 1990-1993

Projection: Will look to reclaim his spot as the starting offensive center coming off a knee injury

Joel Foy ILB #51 (RS JR)

Size: 6-1, 220 lbs

Stats: 2 tackles

Tidbit: Was Co-Defensive Service Team Player of the Year in 2015

Projection: Will provide depth at middle linebacker

Damien Mama OL #51 (JR)

Size: 6-4, 325 lbs

Stats: 1 tackle

Tidbit: Has lost over 70 pounds since his freshman year at USC

Projection: Will look to battle for the starting left guard spot with Chris Brown

Viane Talamaivao OL #60 (JR)

Size: 6-2, 315 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Was a three year starter at Centennial High School, who is constantly ranked top 5 in the country

Projection: Will look to slide back into his starting role at right guard

Khaliel Rodgers DL #62 (RS JR)

Size: 6-3, 315 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Is a Sociology Major at USC

Projection: Flipped from offensive line to defensive line over the summer, and could provide depth along the interior

Nico Falah OL #74 (RS JR)

Size: 6-4, 280 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Was a standout basketball player at in high school.

Projection: Will provide depth along the offensive line. Can play all five offensive line positions

Jackson Boyer WR #85 (RS JR)

Size: 6-3, 185 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Transferred from North Carolina in 2014

Projection: Practice squad player

Kenny Bigelow Jr. DL #95 (RS JR)

Size: 6-3, 295 lbs

Stats: 10 tackles (3 for a loss)

Tidbit: Played at Eastern Christian Academy with Khaliel Rodgers

Projection: Will sit out the 2016 season with a knee injury

Josh Fatu DL #98 (JR)

Size: 6-3, 290 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Was a 2015 JUCO All-American at Long Beach City College

Projection: Will be a key rotational player at the defensive tackle position

Marvell Tell III S #7 (SO)

Size: 6-3, 190 lbs

Stats: 36 tackles (1 for loss), 4 pass deflections

Tidbit: Had a career high 8 tackles and 1 pass deflection against Wisconsin in the 2015 Holiday Bowl

Projection: Will battle for playing time, and maybe even start, at safety

Iman Marshall CB #8 (SO)

Size: 6-1, 200 lbs

Stats: 67 tackles, 9 deflections, 3 interceptions

Tidbit: Received the nickname “Biggie” from a relative because of his chubbiness as a baby

Projection: Coming off a season where he was named Freshman All-American, Biggie will look to build off his stellar season and take the next step into superstardom. He is slotted to start opposite of Adoree’ Jackson

Jalen Greene QB/WR #10 (RS SO)

Size: 6-1, 200 lbs

Stats: 10 receptions, 104 yards (10.4 AVG), 3-for-4 passes (0.750 %) for 127 yards

Tidbit: Won USC’s Offensive Service Team Player of the Year in 2014

Projection: Will look to utilize his skills at both QB and WR to provide depth at both positions.

Isaiah Langley CB #14 (SO)

Size: 6-0, 170 lbs

Stats: 12 tackles, 1 pass deflection

Tidbit: He is an Economics major at USC

Projection: Will look to battle for playing time as a rotational player

Dominic Davis RB #16 (SO)

Size: 5-10, 180 lbs

Stats: 14 carries, 69 rushing yards, 7 receptions, 102 yards

Tidbit: Is also on the track team, where he placed first in the 100-Meter Dash at the Trojan Invitational with at time of 10.71 seconds

Projection: Will be a change of pace and receiving threat out of the backfield.

Ajene Harris WR/CB #18 (RS SO)

Size: 5-11, 190 lbs

Stats: 4 receptions, 38 yards (9.5 AVG)

Tidbit: Played quarterback, wide receiver, and cornerback in at Crenshaw High School

Projection: Will look to compete for time as a defensive back after being moved from wide receiver.

Ronald Jones II RB #25 (SO)

Size: 6-1, 195 lbs

Stats: 153 carries, 987 yards, 8 TDs, 7 receptions, 39 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD

Tidbit: Favorite clothing brand is True Religion

Projection: Will be option 1B at running back with Justin Davis

Davonte Nunnery S #26 (RS SO)

Size: 5-10, 200 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Was a three sport athlete in high school

Projection: Practice squad safety

Lance Mudd RB #27 (RS SO)

Size: 6-1, 200 lbs

Stats: 30 carries, 186 yards (6.2 AVG) at Cal Poly Pomona

Tidbit: Transferred from Cal Poly Pomona in 2014

Projection: Practice Squad running back

Aca’Cendric Ware RB #28 (SO)

Size: 6-0, 195 lbs

Stats: 12 carries, 36 yards, 1 TD

Tidbit: Chose #28 because of Adrian Peterson

Projection: Will look to carve out playing time in a crowded Trojan backfield

Reuben Peters FB/ILB #35 (RS SO)

Size: 6-0, 225 lbs

Stats: 6 tackles

Tidbit: Won the Joe Collins Walk-On Award in 2015

Projection: As the only player that is a true fullback on the roster, Peters will get some playing time in some packages

Cameron Smith ILB #35 (SO)

Size: 6-2. 245 lbs

Stats: 78 tackles (1 for loss), 3 pass deflections, 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery, 1 TD

Tidbit: Is a Communications major at USC

Projection: Named both a Freshman All-American and Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year, Smith is looking for All-American status as he slides into one of the ILB spots.

Chris Tilbey P #36 (RS SO)

Size: 6-5, 205 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Is originally from Melbourne, Australia

Projection: Will compete for the starting punting job in 2016

Jalen Jones CB #38 (RS SO)

Size: 5-8, 165 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Is a real estate development major at USC

Projection: Practice Squad corner

Malik Dorton DL #44 (RS SO)

Size: 6-2, 280 lbs

Stats: 2 tackles

Tidbit: Was named the most impressive D-Lineman by Coach Helton during Spring Practice

Projection: Key rotational piece at the thin D-Line position

Porter Gustin DE #45 (SO)

Size: 6-5, 260 lbs

Stats: 25 tackles, 7 for loss (5.5 sacks)

Tidbit: Porter’s father, John Gustin, played quarterback at Wyoming.

Projection: Will slide into one of the edge rusher positions as a starter

Reid Budrovich P #46 (RS SO)

Size: 5-11, 185 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Has a brother, Evan, who was a journalist at USC

Projection: Will battle for a starting spot at Punter in fall camp

Wyatt Schmidt PK #46 (RS SO)

Size: 6-3, 210 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Played junior ice hockey for a year after graduating high school

Projection: Will be a reserve kicker

Grant Moore ILB #50 (RS SO)

Size: 6-0, 210 lbs

Stats: 1 tackle

Tidbit: Grant’s father, Rex Moore, was a USC linebacker from 1984-87.

Projection: Practice Squad linebacker

Jordan Austin OT #56 (RS SO)

Size: 6-5, 300 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Austin is an International Relations major

Projection: Will look to provide solid depth at the offensive tackle position

Osa Masina ILB/DE #58 (SO)

Size: 6-4, 230 lbs

Stats: 25 tackles (1 for loss), 1 fumble recovery for a TD

Tidbit: Osa’s Brother, Uaea, is a linebacker for Utah

Projection: Will look for key playing time at either DE or ILB.

Don Hill DE #59 (RS SO)

Size: 6-2, 240 lbs

Stats: 7 tackles (0.5 for loss)

Tidbit: Hill is a Sociology major at USC

Projection: Because he missed Spring Practice due to a violation, it’s hard to say where he will be. Probably a backup defensive end.

Richard Wenzel #64 (RS SO)

Size: 6-3, 250 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Is originally from Chevy Chase, MD

Projection: Practice Squad center

Chuma Edoga OL #70 (SO)

Size: 6-4, 290 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Played on the same team as Taj Griffin, a standout running back at Oregon.

Projection: Will get a lot of playing time to keep the starters fresh at O-Line

Chris Brown OL #77 (RS SO)

Size: 6-5, 300 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Is a Policy, Planning, and Development major at USC

Projection: Will battle for a starting guard job with Damien Mama

Deontay Burnett WR #80 (SO)

Size: 6-0, 170 lbs

Stats: 10 receptions, 161 yards

Tidbit: Was the last USC Commit in the Class of 2018 Recruiting Class

Projection: Will compete for playing time at slot receiver

Tyler Petite TE #82 (SO)

Size: 6-5, 235 lbs

Stats: 15 receptions, 145 yards, 1 TD

Tidbit: Tyler’s legal first name is John

Projection: Will be the field stretching tight end in 2016

Alec Hursh TE #87 (RS SO)

Size: 6-3, 210 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit. Hursh is a biomedical engineering major

Projection: Practice squad tight end

Noah Jefferson DT #91 (SO)

Size: 6-6, 315 lbs

Stats: 23 tackles

Tidbit: Noah’s father, Ben, played in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns

Projection: Will battle for the noseguard position

Jacob Daniel DT #92 (SO)

Size: 6-4, 310 lbs

Stats: 3 tackles, 1 pass deflection

Tidbit: Daniel is a psychology major

Projection: Will fight for a starting spot on the interior D-Line

Rasheem Green DT #95 (SO)

Size: 6-5, 280 lbs

Stats: 19 tackles (1 for loss), 1 fumble recovery for TD

Tidbit: Green played Serra high school, where nine other current Trojans atttended

Projection: Green is likely to start at the interior of the defensive line

Jack Jones DB #1 (FR)

Size: 5-11, 170 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Had Snoop Dogg in his video when he committed to USC

Projection: Will compete immediately for the nickel corner position

Michael Pittman Jr. WR #6 (FR)

Size: 6-4, 210 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Michael’s father, Michael Sr., was an NFL running back

Projection: Pittman will look to fight for playing time in a crowded receiver group. May end up redshirting

John Houston Jr. DE #10 (RS FR)

Size: 6-3, 220 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Was teammates and graduated high school with fellow Trojans Rasheem Green and Deontay Burnett.

Projection: Will look to fight for playing time at DE after coming off a back injury

Sam Darnold QB #14 (RS FR)

Size: 6-4, 225 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Darnold’s grandfather, Dick Hammer, was on the USC basketball team that went to the Final Four in 1954

Projection: Is in a tight quarterback race with Max Browne

Thomas Fitts QB #15 (RS FR)

Size: 6-2, 195 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Is a Business Administration major at USC

Projection: Practice squad quarterback

Josh Imatorbhebhe WR #17 (FR)

Size: 6-2, 210 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Has a brother, Daniel, that is also currently on the USC football team

Projection: Will look to try and gain playing time in a crowded receiver position group

Keyshawn Young DB #17 (FR)

Size: 5-11, 175 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: His nickname is “Pie”.

Projection: Redshirt candidate due to the high volume of DBs at the moment

Matt Fink QB #19 (FR)

Size: 6-3, 195 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Is the only QB that USC took in the Class of 2016 Recruiting Class

Projection: Redshirt candidate. Barring injuries to Browne, Darnold, and Greene, will not see the field in 2016.

Tyler Vaughns WR #21 (FR)

Size: 6-2, 180 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: One of the few receivers that doesn’t wear gloves

Projection: Has shown flashes of brilliance over the summer, but may redshirt due to his skinny frame.

Velus Jones Jr. WR #23 (FR)

Size: 6-0, 185 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Is from Saraland, AL, a town with only 14,000 people

Projection: Probably will redshirt due to the number of wide receivers available

C.J. Pollard S #28 (FR)

Size: 6-1, 185 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Both parents attended USC. C.J.’s father, Marvin, was a cornerback at USC from 1988-1991.

Projection: Will probably redshirt due to the competition in front of him

Vavae Malepeai RB #29 (FR)

Size: 6-0, 190 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Three of his uncles, Silila, Pusou, and Tasi, played football at the University of Oregon.

Projection: May redshirt as a freshman, but might also get looks at fullback.

Ykili Ross DB #30 (RS FR)

Size: 6-0, 200 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Redshirted as a freshman due to injury

Projection: Will look to get in the mix for playing time at the free safety position

Jamel Cook S #31 (FR)

Size: 6-3, 185 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Cook’s older brother, Dalvin, is a running back for Florida St.

Projection: Will probably redshirt and take things slowly coming off an injury.

Jake Russell WR #44 (RS FR)

Size: 5-11, 170 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Is a Business Administration major at USC.

Projection: Practice squad wide receiver

Jordan Iosefa LB #48 (FR)

Size: 6-2, 215 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Real first name is Loveni

Projection: Will redshirt in order to bulk up his frame

Matt Bayle DE #49 (RS FR)

Size: 6-2, 215 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Is a communications major at USC

Projection: Practice squad defensive end

Kevin Scott DT #53 (RS FR)

Size: 6-5, 300 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Started playing football his senior year of high school

Projection: Rotational defensive tackle that will fight for playing time

Jake Olson LS #61 (RS FR)

Size: 6-4, 210 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: He lost both eyes at a young age and is blind. Has written two books and won the 2016 Uplifting Rare Disease Athlete Award.

Projection: Practice squad snapper

Roy Hemsley OT #63 (RS FR)

Size: 6-5, 310 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Cousins with Jeremy Hemsley, San Diego St. basketball player and Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year in 2016.

Projection: Rotational player at offensive tackle

Frank Martin II OL #65 (FR)

Size: 6-5, 310 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Graduated from Mater Dei High School, the alma mater of Trojan Legends Matt Barkley and Matt Leinart.

Projection: Will probably redshirt to spend a year in the weight room

Cole Smith OC #66 (RS FR)

Size: 6-4, 280 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Cole’s father, Doug, was a 6-time Pro Bowl Center for the LA Rams

Projection: Will provide depth at the center position

E,J, Price OT #75 (FR)

Size: 6-6, 325 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Price’s real first name is Edward

Projection: Will redshirt in order to spend a year learning the craft

Clayton Johnson OT #76 (RS FR)

Size: 6-6, 285 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Is a Communication major

Projection: Will provide depth as a rotational piece along the offensive line

Nathan Smith OT #78 (FR)

Size: 6-6, 275 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Is a Business Administration major at USC

Projection: Will definitely redshirt in order to bulk for a year

Trevon Sidney WR #81 (FR)

Size: 5-11, 170 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Played together with fellow Trojan Tyler Vaughns at Bishop Amat.

Projection: Will try to fight for playing time at a crowded slot receiver position. May redshirt.

Cary Angeline TE #86 (FR)

Size: 6-6, 230 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Cary’s grandfather, Fran, was the National High School Coach of the Year at Union-Edicott (NY) High School.

Projection: Will likely spend a year redshirting in order to fill out his frame

Daniel Imatorbhebhe TE #88 (RS FR)

Size: 6-4, 240 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Transferred to USC from Florida in 2015

Projection: More athletic than the other tight ends, Imatorbhebhe will look to fight for some playing time

Christian Rector DE #89 (RS FR)

Size: 6-5, 275 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Is an Economics major at USC

Projection: Rotational player at a thin D-Line position group

Connor Murphy DE #90 (FR)

Size: 6-7, 255 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Older brother, Trent, is a defensive end for the Washington Redskins

Projection: Most likely of the freshman linemen that get playing time this year

Liam Jimmons DT #93 (FR)

Size: 6-5, 280 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Is originally from Huntington Beach, CA

Projection: WIll most likely redshirt in order to fill out frame and gain strength

Oluwole Betiku DE #99 (FR)

Size: 6-3, 250 lbs

Stats: N/A

Tidbit: Is originally from Lagos, Nigeria

Projection: WIll get looks at defensive end if he recovers well from his leg injury

 

***** Justin Lin will be an incoming freshman at USC this fall as a member of the Class of 2020. 

 



Garry Paskwietz
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Garry Paskwietz

A 1988 graduate of USC with a degree in Sports Information. Worked in sports marketing for LA Lakers and Miller Brewing Company. Began covering the Trojans in 1996 with the Trojan Football Fax. Founded WeAreSC in November 1998 with stints at Scout and ESPN. Emmy-winner while covering high school football at Fox Sports West.


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