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USC Football: Meet The Freshmen Class

Time to learn about some of the newest faces on the team.

Two of the very best freshmen went head-to-head during camp.
Two of the very best freshmen went head-to-head during camp.
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The Trojans opened Fall Camp up for the true freshmen to address the media for the first time as college athletes earlier this week. As many of these players complete their transformation, now set in freshmen dorms and apartments, some players had the chance to discuss key topics heading into Fresno State Game Week.

Note: Must thank USC Athletics for helping compile all these video interviews.


From the second Adoree' Jackson signed with USC, the coaching staff adored what he would bring to the table. Adoree' has certainly lived up to those expectations by making plays out of the backfield, in the air and even batting down some passes on defense. The coaching staff has really blitzed Jackson with playbooks and numerous roles on the field, but to his credit, Jackson has responded time in and time out for the Trojans.

Coach Sark on Jackson: "I'm trying to find a flaw with the guy, but he prepares, he studies, he gets his rest, he recovers, he comes energized, and ultimately he knows what he's doing and he makes plays."


Bryce Dixon can really catch the rock, plain and simply put. The freshmen tight end will be an immediate contributor on USC's offense as a down-the-field vertical threat. With the speed of Christian Tober, the leaping ability of Darreus Rogers and the hands of Nelson Agholor, Dixon has plenty of weapons at his disposal. Blocking may still be an issue, but the 240-pound tight end will continue to work on that aspect of his game.

Coach Sark on Dixon: "In the short term, that guy is a weapon in our passing game."


Damien Mama, one of the largest human beings you will ever meet, moves surprisingly well in between the tackles and has proven himself a reliable option at the guard positions. Assuming he can stay healthy, Mama will only continue to improve battling against the likes of Leonard Williams and Claude Pelon in practice.


John Plattenburg has honestly flown under the radar during training camp, mostly because of the fact he plays at a very deep safety position. The lanky secondary player has done an excellent job of playing the ball in the air making life difficult for many of his wide receiving counterparts. Keep an eye on this kid, he can really play.


JuJu Smith has made some electric plays at Howard Jones Field during camp, giving the coaching staff even more confidence about their decision to exclusively play him on offense, for now. The talented Long Beach Poly High School graduate is a rock-solid target with big hands, an explosive burst and great leaping ability.


Uchenna Nwosu has gotten high praise from many of his teammates for his hard work and quick ability to pick up on the playbook over the course of training camp. Nwosu lists sophomore Michael Hutchings as one of his biggest role models, so listen to more of what the local product has to say about playing for USC this season.


CB Jonathan Lockett -- Great performance in camp, will be an active part of the cornerback rotation.

WR Ajene Harris -- One of the most inspiring characters on this team, Ajene will compete for first-team reps as the Trojans' ace slot receiver.

OL Viane Talamaivao/Toa Lobendahn -- Each of these lineman have proven their immense value at a slightly undermanned position group. Toa will definitely start at guard, could even rotate in at center, while Viane will also have a great chance of playing guard this season.