USC’s Adoree’ Jackson lights it up in first practice with offense

USC's Adoree' Jackson takes part in practice as a receiver on Aug. 19.

USC’s Adoree’ Jackson takes part in practice as a receiver on Aug. 19.

(Shotgun Spratling / Los Angeles Times)

USC Coach Steve Sarkisian walked to a spot as the Trojans’ offense lined up and pointed his finger at the turf behind the line of scrimmage. Receiver Adoree’ Jackson started in motion and then turned upfield on a pass route when he hit the spot.

It was one of the first steps of Jackson’s first day on offense during training camp, and the sophomore put on a show. Jackson made multiple touchdown catches and other outstanding plays Wednesday in the first of six practices he will spend on offense.

“When I got out there I just felt like, at home,” he said.

Jackson, a starting cornerback and kick returner, played on defense during the first 11 training-camp practices.


Receivers coach Tee Martin was happy to welcome him. “He’s like a highlight film,” Martin said after the workout.

Jackson caught 10 passes last season, three for touchdowns. Sarkisian has said he planned to use Jackson more on offense this season.

“It felt like every time he touched the ball he might have scored,” Sarkisian said, “and that’s what it should feel like.”

Quarterback Cody Kessler said Jackson’s creativity and unpredictability made him difficult for opponents to scout.

“Not that he makes it up as he goes, but he always seems to make things happen,” Kessler said. “You think you have him, you think he’s down or you think he’s out of play. And then, there he is.”

Jackson displayed his athleticism even when he did not touch the ball. After running back Tre Madden scored on a running play, Jackson, on the other side of the field, executed a standing back flip.

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Defensive lineman Claude Pelon will have arthroscopic knee surgery Thursday, Sarkisian said. ... Tight end Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick, who was academically ineligible last season, will focus on academics during the fall and rejoin the team in the spring, Sarkisian said. Cope-Fitzpatrick participated in spring practice but not in training camp. ... Offensive lineman Viane Talamaivao, who had been sidelined because of a hamstring strain, took part in drills during the morning practice.

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