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Freshman tight end Bryce Dixon required to take on larger role

Freshman tight end Bryce Dixon required to take on larger role
USC tight end Bryce Dixon hauls in a touchdown pass against Fresno State defensive back Bryan Harper in the third quarter Saturday. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

USC was counting on freshman tight end Bryce Dixon to play a large role this season.

When junior Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick was ruled academically ineligible on the eve of training camp, senior Randall Telfer and Dixon became the only scholarship tight ends on the roster. The Trojans also were relying on senior walk-on Chris Willson.

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But Willson suffered a broken foot during USC's 52-13 victory over Fresno State.

That leaves Telfer and Dixon.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Dixon showed against Fresno State that he is capable of carrying a heavier load.

His first USC reception resulted in a 22-yard touchdown. Dixon even hopped over a barrier behind the end zone after making the catch.

Telfer did not catch a pass.

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