Rodgers is ready to rumble

USC redshirt freshman Khaliel Rodgers is getting in the action for the Trojans. Rodgers is seeing time during spring practices on the first team at right guard. He discussed spring ball and more with Scout….

Since watching the action from the sideline his first season at USC, Khaliel Rodgers has saved up a little extra "nasty" that he's now ready to let spill out on the practice field.

Now a redshirt freshman, Rodgers is taking reps with the first team offensive line at right guard.

A four-star prospect in the 2013 recruiting class, he told Scout his redshirt season helped him adjust to the speed of college football as well as the schemes.

Rodgers came to USC with a reputation as a tough, physical, and "nasty" player not afraid to get in opponents faces. Over the last week of practices, the Trojans have learned what Rodgers is all about. He went head to head with redshirt sophomore Scott Starr.

Though Rodgers will need to temper some bouts to prevent flags during games, he brings an edge to USC's offensive line that hasn't been there the last two seasons.

"A young guy like Khaliel Rodgers who is coming off his redshirt year is doing some good stuff," USC coach Steve Sarkisian said.

Rodgers will challenge returning starter Aundrey Walker for the permanent position at right guard come Fall. Walker, a senior, is out this spring as he continues to recover from a broken ankle suffered at the end of the 2013 season.

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