Mitchell adjusts to college ball

Steven Mitchell joined his new teammates during Thursday's afternoon practice and discussed his new role as a college student at USC.

Steven Mitchell spent March and April watching his future teammates from the sidelines during USC's spring practices and is finally able to join them on the turf for the summer.

The new Trojan freshman was the target of Max Browne and Cody Kessler during Thursday's afternoon practice and said he's just excited to be on the field.

"It's very fun," said Mitchell. "I feel more on the team than before. Last year I knew more than half the guys, so we all have a good chemistry."

Not only did attending spring practices put Mitchell ahead of the freshman curve, but he said it also helped the rest of the team adjust to their new teammate.

"You know how the older guys like to pick on the freshman, but since I've been out here and I went to the seven-on-sevens when I was still in school, so it's helped me feel more acclimated," said Mitchell. "I haven't been picked on because I'm a familiar face."

One face that has been missing from the Trojan lineup is junior receiver George Famer, who has been sidelined with a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee. With a hole at receiver, Mitchell says he is ready to step up.

"I know it's pretty heartbreaking and sad," said Mitchell. "But you have to take your opportunities and this is the perfect opportunity for me."

While Mitchell is adjusting well to the playbook, he says the transition to the textbooks is a little bit tougher.

"It's a little difficult, but you know it's fun at the same time," said Mitchell. "It shows you can be on your own so you have to be more responsible, but the transition's going great right now."

The countdown to kickoff for the 2013 season is down to double-digits and Mitchell says he wants to be on the field when the Trojans take on Hawaii on August 29.

"Hopefully I can get a starting spot, if not I'll try to contribute as much as I can," said Mitchell. "Punt return, kick off return, it doesn't matter. I'm just happy to be on the team."


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