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USC spring roster includes number changes, injury updates

USC updated its spring football roster on Tuesday, which means the spring early enrollees officially have numbers, and some veterans took advantage of opportunities to switch numbers as well.

The most noteworthy change is at quarterback, where JT Daniels will now wear No. 10. That number was previously worn by fellow quarterback Jack Sears, who entered the transfer portal last fall.

Also of note is that outside of the retired No. 3 and sort-of-retired No. 5, every jersey from No. 1 through No. 10 will be worn by two Trojans.

Incoming freshman wide receiver Gary Bryant Jr. will join linebacker Palaie Gaoteote as No. 1. Wide receiver Munir McClain will change from No. 13 join cornerback Olaijah Griffin in the made-for-fight-on No. 2 jersey.

Both cornerback Max Williams and wide receiver Bru McCoy dropped the first of their double-digit numbers, as Williams moves from No. 24 to No. 4, and McCoy goes from No. 14 to No. 4.

No. 6 will stay with the wide receiver group, as incoming freshman Joshua Jackson Jr. takes over Michael Pittman’s old number, and joins cornerback Isaac Taylor-Stuart, who is sticking with the number.

Joining Daniels in wearing No. 10 will be linebacker Ralen Goforth, who wore No. 19 last season but will now take over the number vacated by John Houston Jr.

Tight end Jude Wolfe will make the more from No. 82 to No. 18 this year.

Incoming freshman placekicker Parker Lewis will wear No. 48, and incoming freshmen defensive tackle Kobe Pepe will wear No. 94.

The notable addition–or, re-addition–to the roster is tight end Daniel Imatorbhehbe, who, according to his USC bio, “will compete to make an impact at tight end as a sixth-year senior in 2020.”

The USC roster also included updated bios, and there was plenty of injury information there.

On the injury front, running back Markese Stepp’s bio says he is likely to miss spring ball while recovering from his ankle injury suffered last season. Daniels’ will be limited to non-contact drills.

At wide receiver, McClain will likely miss spring ball while he recovers from a knee injury suffered last season, and Amon-Ra St. Brown underwent off-season surgery for a sports hernia and could be slowed this spring. Tight end Ethan Rae could be sidelined as well, as he continues to recover from a knee injury that kept him out last year.

Along the offensive line, Geno Quinones could miss spring while recovering from a wrist injury, and Andrew Vorhees may still be slowed while coming back from his ankle injury.

Along the defensive line, Trevor Trout and Jacob Lichtenstein both had post-season surgeries–Trout on his wrist and Lichtenstein for a sports hernia, though only Lichtenstein’s bio has a note that he could be slowed this spring.

The Trojans could again be without middle linebacker Jordan Iosefa, who will likely miss spring as he continues to recover from the knee injury that cost him the entire 2019 season.

In the secondary, Taylor-Stuart is likely to miss spring ball as he recovers from a knee injury suffered during the Holiday Bowl. USC could also be without safety Talanoa Hufanga, as he underwent post-season surgery on his shoulder. Both cornerback Adonis Otey and safety Briton Allen had wrist surgery this off-season, though their bios don’t mention that they could be limited this spring.

And there is one sizable position change, as Drake Jackson is now listed as DL/OLB, highlighting the scheme versatility from new defensive coordinator Todd Orlando and the different ways Jackson could be utilized this fall.

Erik McKinney

Erik McKinney began writing for WeAreSC in 2004, during his junior year at USC, covering the Trojans football team and recruiting. He then moved on to ESPN.com in 2011, where he served as the West Region recruiting reporter and then the Pac-12 recruiting reporter. He took over as publisher of WeAreSC in January, 2019.

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