USC begins spring practice on Tuesday. We’ll preview each position group before workouts begin.
Departure: Randall Telfer
Key returning players: Sophomore Bryce Dixon and junior Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick.
Outlook: Dixon and Cope-Fitzpatrick are the only scholarship tight ends on the roster.
Dixon caught 14 passes last season, four for touchdowns.
Cope-Fitzpatrick was academically ineligible last season. He is “working to regain his status,” according to the USC Spring Football Prospectus.
Cope-Fitzpatrick has three receptions in two seasons.
Returning players: Fifth-year senior Soma Vainuku and senior Jahleel Pinner
Outlook: Vainuku and Pinner had limited roles on offense last season, but both played on special teams.
Vainuku rushed for 40 yards and a touchdown in seven carries. He made six tackles.
Pinner rushed for six yards in two carries. He made two tackles.
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