October 4, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Southern California Trojans tight end Randall Telfer (82) gains control of the ball to score a touchdown during the first half against the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

USC 2012 Evaluations: TE Randall Telfer

Stats 12 receptions for 100 yards and 4 touchdowns in 12 games played.

What Stood Out Randall Telfer’s incredibly athletic, incredibly unbelievable 23-yard catch against Utah. Telfer bobbled the ball on his fingertips, shrouded in coverage, and brought the catch down in the end zone, much to the shock of himself and everyone who witnessed it. Telfer often used is six-foot-four, 255-pound body to block for other Trojans, or to grind out extra yards when he himself was the target, which wasn’t often.

What Needed Work: In the game game that Telfer hauled in one of the best catches of USC’s season, he also injured his ankle. It hampered him all season, causing him to be limited for much of the season, in addition to missing the game at Washington. In addition to health being a concern in 2012, Telfer’s blocking ability in the open field, mainly on bubble screens, left both Matt Barkley and the receivers out to dry in a few pivotol moments, including a missed block against Arizona State that led to a pick-six.

Final Word: Telfer is a very talented, athletic tight end and has all the potential in the world to be an NFL-caliber tight end someday. If he can get healthy by the beginning of fall camp–and if Lane Kiffin decides to change it up a bit an incorporate him more into the offense–2013 could be his breakout season, especially since he was so limited in 2012.

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