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Practice Report: Competitions Continue In Day Five Of USC Football Fall Camp

Aug 10, 2022

The heat did not shy away from USC's fifth day of Fall Camp Wednesday (Aug. 10). Sweat quickly appeared on the Trojans as they battled during the fourth consecutive practice in the Coliseum.

USC will return to Howard Jones Field Thursday (Aug. 11) for a much anticipated day of camp. The team will practice in full pads for the first time this fall. Media will not be in attendance Thursday, but will return for Friday's practice.

Notes from USC's fifth practice of camp:

  • Redshirt senior defensive lineman Solomon Byrd, who transferred from Wyoming this summer, shared what made USC an appealing option.

    • "The people and the culture in the building," Byrd said. "Really elite staff. That's what really made me want to come here."

  • Despite only having been a Trojan for several months, redshirt senior Mekhi Blackmon is a veteran in USC's cornerback room. The Colorado transfer looks poised to take a starting role, but stressed following Wednesday's practice that nothing is given.

    • "I wouldn't say it's my [spot] to lose," Mekhi said. "I just told the [corners] … If I don't do my job, I'm not going to be the one starting. We need two corners to play; the best two are going to play regardless of who it is."

  • Redshirt freshman Ceyair Wright on USC's defensive back talent:

    • "There's a ton of great players in the back end and it allows us to all compete and allows us to get each other better, push each other. So it's been really good. Just elevating the whole room." 

New numbers to know:

  • Defensive lineman Nick Figueroa, who previously wore No. 50, now dons 99. The redshirt senior wore that number during his stint in junior college.

  • Defensive back Bryson Shaw, who transferred from Ohio State as a redshirt junior this summer, wears 27.

  • True freshman running back Raleek Brown sports the number 14.

  • Wide receiver Michael Jackson III, who previously wore No. 13, now wears the number 9.

  • Wide receiver Jordan Addision wears the once-retired No. 3, after Trojan legend Carson Palmer gave his blessing.

  • Redshirt senior defensive lineman Solomon Byrd, who transferred from Wyoming this summer, dons No. 51.

Wednesday's media availability: