Senior Randall Telfer missed spring practice with a knee injury, but as a dynamic part of the Trojans offense in 2012, Telfer is poised to return for a big year.
“It feels good to be back,” said Telfer. “It’s been a long time
coming and I really missed it. I really missed being with my boys on
the field having a party.
“Like I said, it’s great to be back, offense is looking good, minus a
couple turnovers, but it’s day one.”
Turnovers are expected on the first day of camp, especially when the
Trojans are going a mile a minute offensively. Having missed spring
football, this is Telfer’s first time playing in Steve Sarkisian’s
version of the no-huddle offense.
“It’s fast… it is fast,” smiled Telfer. “It’s something that
takes a little while to get used to. This is my first time working with
offense, with the coaches at least. Like I said, I’ll get used to it.
It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Telfer is also getting use to playing without a brace on his surgically
“Yeah, no brace,” said Telfer. “Braceless, man. Naked knee.
“It’s good. I’m 100-percent. Obviously, it’s going to be a little sore
after practice, but not too bad.”
Telfer and the USC medical team debated on whether he would wear the
brace leading up to practice.
“They just told me I could wear it if I want,” said Telfer. “They said,
‘You really don’t need to. Your knees stable. It checked out.’”
USC has had on and off again full time tight end coaches the past few
years, but this season, assistant head coach Marques Tuiasosopo takes
the reigns as Telfer’s position coach.
“He knows a lot about the offense,” said Telfer. “He knows a lot
about the pass game and it’s just what I’m looking forward to.
“I haven’t caught that many passes in previous years. Just to see a guy
who knows so much about it and has got in with the quarterbacks, it
With the announcement of Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick missing the season due
to academics, depth at the tight end position is extremely thin. Thus,
a freshman like Bryce Dixon will be thrust into action perhaps sooner
“He’s doing pretty well,” said Telfer. “He had a pretty good day for a
first day. I know it was a lot better than my first day. I’ll tell you
“He’s definitely bigger on his first day than (I was on mine). He’s
fast too. He’s picked up the offense pretty well. Obviously there was a
couple mistakes, but he’s a freshman and it was his first day. I’m just
trying to bring him along, take him under my wing and tell him
everything is going to be alright. I’m going to need him this season.”
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