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Bryce Dixon won't seek court order to reinstate him to USC football team

Bryce Dixon won't seek court order to reinstate him to USC football team
FormerUSC tight end Bryce Dixon flashes a smile as he hauls in a touchdown pass over Fresno State cornerback Bryan Harper during a game in August 2014. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Bryce Dixon's effort to legally compel USC to put him back on the football team is on hold.

Mark M. Hathaway, Dixon's attorney, said Tuesday that the tight end would not seek a court order to reinstate him to the program. Hathaway said last week that he was considering that action.

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Hathaway said Dixon was "considering his options."

"At the moment, USC is the best place for him, even if he doesn't play football."

Dixon, 19, was expelled in May after a USC investigation into alleged sexual misconduct.

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge put Dixon's expulsion on hold pending further review of USC's investigative and hearing processes in Dixon's case. USC has restored his athletic scholarship and Dixon is registering for fall semester classes, but the university will not allow him to represent the school as a student-athlete.

Hathaway has contended that the judge's ruling restores Dixon's position at the school, including being able to play football.

Hathaway said he expected to receive the record of USC's investigation and anticipated a hearing in about 60 days. USC's fall semester begins Monday.

A USC athletic department official declined to comment.

Jackson on the move

Adoree' Jackson spent USC's first 11 practices honing his technique at cornerback and returning kickoffs and punts.

On Wednesday, when the Trojans resume practice, Jackson is scheduled to move to receiver for six practices.

Coach Steve Sarkisian has said he plans to utilize Jackson more on offense this season.

As a freshman in 2014, Jackson became a starting cornerback in the fifth game. He had only 11 offensive touches, including 10 pass receptions, three he turned into touchdowns.

Jackson's move to offense should also mean more training camp work for young cornerbacks pushing for playing time.

Sarkisian said that for sophomore Jonathan Lockett and freshmen Iman Marshall and Isaiah Langley, "there's great opportunity ... to get more reps and improve."

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Jackson joins a receiver corps that includes sophomore JuJu Smith-Schuster, junior Darreus Rogers, third-year sophomore Steven Mitchell Jr., redshirt freshman Jalen Greene and junior college transfers Isaac Whitney and De'Quan Hampton.

Wheeler watch

Junior offensive tackle Chad Wheeler, who had knee surgery after suffering an injury against Utah in late October, has worked with the first-team offense, but not in live-contact situations.

Wheeler, the starting left tackle in 2013 and 2014, is nearing the nine-month mark from the date of surgery and could get clearance to fully participate soon, Sarkisian said.

Sophomore Toa Lobendahn has been playing left tackle. Lobendahn started the first eight games at left guard last season, and then moved to tackle after Wheeler's injury.

Lobendahn also has practiced at right guard and center during training camp.

Quick hits

Senior linebacker Anthony Sarao said younger players in the position group performed well during Monday's scrimmage. "Right now, you just have to look at effort and how we're running to the ball," he said. "We've got to get the ballcarrier to the ground better." … The Trojans practice Wednesday at 8:45 a.m.

Twitter: @latimesklein

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