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USC football: Freshman Bryce Dixon on track for playing time

USC football: Freshman Bryce Dixon on track for playing time
Former Ventura St. Bonaventure standout Bryce Dixon could see playing time at tight end for the Trojans this season. (Eric Sondheimer / Los Angeles Times)

USC's dearth of tight ends is cause for concern, but freshman Bryce Dixon is alleviating some of the anxiety for the Trojans.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Dixon made several dynamic plays during the first week of training camp.

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It was a welcome sight for Coach Steve Sarkisian, who announced on Monday that junior Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick was academically ineligible.

That leaves USC with only two scholarship tight ends: senior Randall Telfer and Dixon. Senior walk-on Chris Willson also will play.

Dixon caught 64 passes, 14 for touchdowns, as a senior at Ventura St. Bonaventure High. His blocking is a work in progress, but he is expected to make an immediate impact.

"In the short term," Sarkisian said, "that guy is a weapon in our passing game that hopefully we'll see early on in the season."

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