Bailey would "love" to play receiver

Current USC linebacker/safety Dion Bailey ran routes after Tuesday's voluntary workout. Could he fill in as a receiver?

The Trojans are down to five scholarship receivers after freshman Steven Mitchell tore ligaments in his right knee on Friday.

Dion Bailey, who is transition from linebacker to safety, says he would like the chance to try his hand at offense.

"I would love to do it," said Bailey after Tuesday's throwing session. "If [coaches] presented me with that opportunity, I would love to do it."

During Tuesday's voluntary workout, Bailey stayed after to run routes alongside Nelson Agholor and Victor Blackwell, two of five Trojan receivers on scholarship.

Bailey has yet to talk to the coaches about the possible position change, saying the reps were his idea.

"I've just taken them on," he said. "We've had a lot of injuries at receiver and I just want to be another [option] to the coaches. And if someone else goes down, there's an option to go to. I don't want to be brand new at it when I jump out there."

Even if Bailey never sees the field as a receiver, he says running those routes will help his defensive game plan.

"It helps me because a DB with good hands can go far," said Bailey. "If you're training like a receiver, you understand receiver tactics a bit more, so I like to get out there and pretend like I'm a receiver every now and then. It helps me with my position, and a position I could possibly play in the future."

Bailey, who missed all of spring practice due to a shoulder injury, says that he is in better shape this summer than he was last year. Bailey used his time away from the game as motivation to play stronger when he returned.

"Being hurt and not being able to do what I love made my view of what God has allowed to do change," said Bailey. "I now take full advantage of every opportunity, I never have a bad attitude when it comes to training or learning football because you never know when it can be taken away."

Bailey then brought up Steven Mitchell as an example of how quickly things can change and how it serves as inspiration for him.

"It can all be taken away in a second," said Bailey. "So I just come out, give 100 percent, a great attitude and do the best I can for as long as I can."

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