When Isaac Whitney transferred from Riverside Community College to USC last season, he wanted to come in and make an immediate impact. But he quickly learned the difference from junior college play to Division I football.
"This camp is completely different than last year," Whitney said Thursday. "When I first came, I was swimming. It was so fast, but now it's slowed down a lot and I can go out there and just play football."
Besides the speed of the game, Whitney also learned about dealing with adversity last season. After working his way into the starting lineup against Washington, he broke his collarbone in practice before the following game against Notre Dame. He missed the final nine games of the season. Whitney finished the year with eight catches for 112 yards and two touchdowns.
"I wasn't expecting to get hurt. Obviously, I wanted to play," Whitney said. "Everything is not going to go as you planned, so just be prepared to fight back and just get ready."
Whitney has done that with a strong offseason and a solid camp thus far, playing behind Darreus Rogers and JuJu Smith-Schuster.
Watch Isaac Whitney, above, talk about his second fall camp at USC and how much the game has slowed down for him.
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