A look at USC's 'Super Six' freshmen

A look at USC's 'Super Six' freshmen
USC tight end Bryce Dixon catches a touchdown pass during the Trojans' 52-13 win over Fresno State last season. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

USC's 'Super Six' freshmen

USC played 11 freshmen in its season-opening 52-13 win over Fresno State. These six in particular made impressive debuts:


Bryce Dixon

Tight end

6-4, 240

Ventura St. Bonaventure

Second-team Parade All-American made 64 receptions for 781 yards and 14 touchdowns as a high school senior. Also played basketball, averaging 10.4 points and 5.8 rebounds.

Adoree' Jackson

Cornerback, wide receiver

5-11, 185

Gardena Serra

First-team Parade All-American rushed for 639 yards and nearly a 10-yard per carry average. He also caught 38 passes for 812 yards and took back three kick returns for touchdowns.

Toa Lobendahn

Left guard

6-3, 280

La Habra


All-State in high school as a junior at Lakewood and as a senior at La Habra. Graduated early and enrolled at USC in order to participate in spring practice.

Damien Mama

Right guard

6-5, 370

Bellflower St. John Bosco

First-team Parade All-American anchored the line of a high school team that, his senior season, went 16-0 and won the state championship open division bowl game.

JuJu Smith

Wide receiver

6-2, 210

Long Beach Poly

The Moore League player of the year as a senior, he was a triple threat in high school — offense, defense and special teams — who was considered more likely to play defense in college.

Viane Talamaivao

Offensive guard

6-3, 330

Corona Centennial

Second-team Parade All-American was a three-year starter in high school and as a senior anchored the line for one of the Southland's highest-scoring offenses.

Sources: USC, Los Angeles Times.