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Freshman JuJu Smith would be happy to take on more if needed

Freshman JuJu Smith would be happy to take on more if needed
USC receiver JuJu Smith is tackled by Arizona State safety James Johnson during the second quarter of the Trojans' 38-34 loss to the Sun Devils on Saturday at the Coliseum. (Victor Decolongon / Getty Images)

Like fellow freshman Adoree' Jackson, who has played on offense, defense and special teams, JuJu Smith would be happy to do more.

Smith is playing receiver and on special teams, but if there is a need at safety he is ready to fill it.

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Smith played receiver and safety at Long Beach Poly High.

Trojans Coach Steve Sarkisian indicated before training camp began that Smith would get a look on offense and defense. But Smith only practiced at receiver and had a breakout game against Fresno State.

Smith has 18 receptions and has returned four kickoffs.

Arizona State defeated USC, 38-34, last week on a Hail Mary pass as time expired.

Asked Tuesday if he would have liked to have been on the field as a safety for the final play, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Smith said yes.

Smith spoke to reporters after the loss. Several team captains did not.

Asked why he spoke with the media while older teammates left, he said, "That's their personal business," adding "I'm mature enough to talk to the media. I'm not going to be shy and go away from the media and not say what I have to say."

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