Summer workouts have been underway at Cromwell Field since late May, meaning that USC’s freshman class is fully moved in and have started to acclimate themselves to the college football lifestyle. With that, comes the issuing of the all-important number, which the Trojans have done with their freshmen.
Lane Kiffin has liked to challenge players in the past and have them earn their number of choice, a tactic seen with Marqise Lee two years ago, after he was assigned No. 17 at the start of fall camp. Lee excelled in spring ball and Kiffin rewarded him with a single digit number. Last year, Nelson Agholor had the same experience with the No. 83.
The same could be true with some of the guys in the Class of 2013, but for now, they’ll stick with their initial assignments.
Last December, Ty Isaac was handed a No. 32 by USC coaches on his recruiting visit, signalling what could have been a dubious number assignment, with the number having been retired for the controversial O.J. Simpson since 1967. But for now, Isaac will don the No. 27, which was last worn by walk-on tailback Kamaron Germany in 2011, and ironically has never been worn by a leading rusher in school history.
Other assignments of note include receiver Darreus Rogers getting No. 84 and lineman Khaliel Rodgers getting No. 62.
Darreus Rogers wore No. 5 in high school at Carson, and there have been rumblings that he could be the player to bring back the controversial number previously worn by Reggie Bush.
Meanwhile, Khaliel Rodgers wore No. 55 in high school, a number he made it known during his recruiting that he’d like to wear. With Lamar Dawson playing linebacker, Rodgers could in theory still be eligible to wear No. 55.
Here’s the full roster listing of USC’s freshmen, with their number assignments: