Just two days after redshirt junior safety Dion Bailey opted to take his talents to the next level, redshirt junior tight end Randall Telfer has made his own official announcement, choosing a different path.
The Rancho Cucamonga native announced his intentions on Twitter this afternoon:
One more year! I’ll see you guys next fall! Merry Christmas Trojan Family! #fighton
— Randall Telfer (@RandallTelfer) December 25, 2013
On Christmas Day, it’s certainly a gift for new USC Trojans head coach Steve Sarkisian, and a fan base that has clamored for tight ends to be more involved in the offense. Sarkisian’s offense thrived at Washington with tight end Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, which could call for a rise in tight end production at USC.
In three years as a co-starter at tight end with Xavier Grimble, Telfer has amassed 44 catches for 451 yards and 10 touchdowns.
In each of the past two seasons, injuries have limited Telfer, allowing Grimble to take more of a role in the passing game. Telfer suffered a knee injury against Notre Dame, and missed four games, before returning to catch his lone touchdown of the 2013 season, at Colorado on November 23rd.
Despite his catches dropping by 50 percent each season, Telfer’s been a mainstay in the USC offense, with the Trojans’ double tight end sets and as a decoy and blocker split out wide.