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.
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."