Breaking it down: Tight ends

USC wrapped up spring practices and now it's time to take a look back at performances and the depth chart -- in order to look ahead at the 2013 season and what you can expect when fall camp opens in August. Expect the tight ends to continue to be consistent this season...

Tight end
Xavier Grimble
Grimble spent spring practice sidelined with what head coach Lane Kiffin called a "fractured chest". As expected, despite sitting out spring ball Grimble is listed as a co-starter on the depth chart alongside fellow redshirt junior Randall Telfer.

Randall Telfer
Telfer started spring off strong before suffering a torn meniscus and undergoing surger just days before the Trojans' spring game. Telfer looked in prime form before being sidelined.

Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick
With Grimble sidelined throughout the spring Cope-Fitzpatrick was able to pick the extra reps. The sophomore showed consistency both blocking and receiving. He should prove to be a solid backup to the Grimble/Telfer tandem and should be ready and able to contribute if needed during the 2013 season.

Junior Pomee
The would-be redshirt sophomore wasn't listed on this year's spring roster after a Jan. 29 arrest and charges of multiple felony counts of grand theft, burglary, and possession of stolen goods. His hearing has now been delayed multiple times. Kiffin won't comment on the matter other then to say it is ongoing. Sources on the team have indicated that they do not believe Pomee will return to the roster.

Nearly every time Grimble and Telfer are spoken about by Kiffin it is mentioned that they are two future-NFL players. This will be both of their redshirt-junior seasons and I would be very surprised if both don't turn pro following the season. That leaves only Cope-Fitzpatrick on the roster if they do depart because of the Pomee situation. Look for this to play a heavy role in the 2014 recruiting class for the Trojans, as they'll need to stock up on TEs with the likelihood of Grimble and Telfer leaving.

Also, I expect based off practice for the tight ends to be more involved in the offense in 2013. But then again, they took a lot of reps receiving in the fall but that didn't translate much to game situations.

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