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"I asked them once, didn't remind them and then by the end of spring, the next thing you know, my number was changed to 1 on my locker," Rogers said Wednesday. "It was a big relief. I got to check it off my goal list.
"But the grind doesn't stop."
Rogers caught 22 passes last season. He is off to a solid start in training camp and could start opposite Nelson Agholor when the Trojans open against Fresno State on Aug. 30 at the Coliseum.
Rogers is part of a receiving corps that also includes juniors George Farmer and Victor Blackwell, redshirt freshman Steven Mitchell and freshmen JuJu Smith, Ajene Harris, Rahshead Johnson and Adoree' Jackson, who has played mainly at cornerback.
Rogers said coaches told him there was history connected to No. 1 at USC. Williams is the only Trojans All-American to wear it.
"I'm coming out here to keep the story going," Rogers said.
Linebacker Anthony Sarao smiled broadly Wednesday's after the Trojans practiced in shoulder pads for the first time.
The Trojans were not allowed to tackle. But there was still plenty of contact.
"Without the shoulder pads, there's a lot of talk," Sarao said, referring to the previous two days of practice. "Guys were saying, 'If you had shoulder pads on, I would have got you.'
"So a lot of problems got solved."
The Trojans will be in shoulder pads again Thursday and do live tackling Friday when they are in full pads for the first time.
Defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox echoed Sarkisian about the need to practice tackling with a plan.
NCAA sanctions are over but roster depth will remain an issue. So tackling drills will be conducted in several settings.
"There's a fine line of doing it too much," Wilcox said. "It's a fluid situation."
Wilcox has been encouraged by the defense's performance through three days of training camp.
Jackson has impressed at cornerback, but Wilcox said no decision had been made about whether the freshman will play mainly on defense or on offense.
"We're going to do what's best for our team and Adoree'," Wilcox said.