Telfer returns

Tight end Randall Telfer hit the field Monday night with no knee brace, but the senior says he is 100-percent and ready to take on the fast tempo offense.

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 repaired knee.

“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 feels good.”

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 than expected.

“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 that.

“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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