Telfer back at practice

USC redshirt junior Randall Telfer was back on the field for Friday's voluntary throwing session, but the tight end says he's still recovering from a torn meniscus suffered during spring practices.

Redshirt junior Randall Telfer participated in his first summer workout on Friday since tearing his meniscus during spring practice.

Although the tight end is back on the field, he says he's still not fully recovered or able to participate in all drills yet.

"It's getting there, but I'm not 100 percent," said Telfer. "I can't quite do some stuff with the team yet, so I'm working out on the side. I don't know exactly when I'm going to be back. It should be maybe a couple more weeks."

Telfer watched the first few summer workouts for the Trojans from the sidelines. And while he participated in the team's 11on11 on Friday, his trainers gave him a list of limitations to stick to.

"At practice I'm told to just run straight," said Telfer. "I can't run full speed just yet, I can't run some routes or go after deep balls. I can't do one-on-one with the guys right now, but just straight runs and warm ups."

Telfer was originally supposed to be out for only six weeks, but it's now week eight and he is still being told to take it easy. Still, he says he feels fine.

"Right now it feels great," said Telfer. "It's been feeling good for a while, no more pain, but the trainers and coaches want to take it slow and make sure I don't rush it."

"Honestly, I feel like I could go within a week or so," continued Telfer. "But given what the doctors and trainers said, I just want to take it slow. I miss going out there, but if it's going to help my team out, then I'd rather do that."

Although Telfer can't practice as much with his teammates, he is still bonding with them, especially the freshmen, who he views as younger brothers.

"I like Ty Isaac, I've been hanging out with him a lot," said Telfer. "Along with Justin Davis, even though he came in the spring. I've tried to take them under my wing even though we don't play the same position. I'm looking forward to what they have to bring to the table when fall camp comes around."

One freshman that appeared a little shaken up at practice on Friday was quarterback Max Browne. Telfer says his performance during the 11on11 was simply due to his age.

"It's just freshman jitters," said Telfer. "You don't have coaches in your ear, but you do have the pressure of your peers. It's just something you have to grow into, and it will come with time."

While it's still early in the summer, Telfer believes the Trojans are right where they should be.

"Right now, we're in a pretty good spot," said Telfer. "Everyone's mind is right. We have some room for improvement, but I'm pretty hopeful going into summer workouts and fall camp."

Telfer says the team is focusing on being assignment perfect, a reoccurring motif that the coaches are instilling in the Trojans.

"That's a term we throw around a lot," said Telfer. "Our special teams coach preaches that a lot, being a technician and a master of our craft. So, we're just trying to get the freshman up to where the older guys are. The more guys we bring across that line and establish that this is Trojan football, the better of we'll be."

While Telfer's main priority is to recover from his knee injury, he is still focusing on improving his game and being more assignment perfect.

"Trying to block like a lineman and catch like a receiver, that's something our coaches have been telling us to do," said Telfer. "That's how you become a first-round draft pick at tight end, so I just got to work on my blocking."

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