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USC adds two preferred walk-ons for 2020

Tackle Joe Bryson and long-snapper Nathan Weneta join the program

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The USC Trojans football team got a bit deeper this weekend with the additions of two players on preferred walk-on deals.

Offensive tackle Joe Bryson from Colorado Mesa and long-snapper Nathan Weneta from Purdue each accepted their spots on the team to join the Trojans and head coach Clay Helton.

According to 247Spots, Weneta was rated as the No. 12 long-snapper by the Rubio Long Snapping services and is originally from San Diego. He played for Purdue last year but didn’t record any statistics or snaps. He took to social media to announce his decision to transfer, stating:

“First off, I would like to thank everyone at Purdue for the experience I had while I was there; it was great spending time and training with you all. Secondly, I would like to thank Coach (Sean) Snyder and Coach (Clay) Helton for the incredible opportunity they have presented to me. With this being said, I am extremely proud to announce that I will be continuing my football and academic career at the University of Southern California.”

USC’s long-snapper is currently penciled in to be senior Damon Johnson so this plan of Weneta eventually taking over makes sense.

As for Bryson, he’s a mammoth of a man at 6’7, 295 pounds and is originally from Colorado where he played collegiately for Colorado Mesa. He logged two seasons there but only six games a year ago while dealing with an injury. He’ll get the chance to rehab his injury as he’ll likely have to sit out the entire 2020 season and retains though, two years of eligibility afterwards.

“I want to especially thank Coach (Tim) Drevno for this opportunity to become a Trojan and join such an amazing program. It’s been a long time coming, but I’m proud to say that I’m committing to the University of Southern California.”

Welcome to the good guys!

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