Freshman Bryce Dixon and fifth-year senior Randall Telfer are USC's only scholarship tight ends.
So Dixon has leaned on Telfer for guidance.
"Randall's been always by my side pushing me," Dixon said. "Kind of like a big brother."
Senior walk-on Chris Willson also has eased Dixon's transition to college football.
Dixon, 6 feet 4 and 240 pounds, moved from wide receiver to tight end before his senior season at Ventura St. Bonaventure High.
He catches and runs extremely well. The blocking component is improving.
"Over the course of getting stronger and getting technique down, I should be a real good blocker," he said.