Redshirt junior tight end Randall Telfer struggled to make an impact in 2013, hampered by multiple injuries. However, he was the recipient of the Chris Carlisle Courage Award as voted by his teammates.
By the numbers: 6 receptions, 78 yards and 1 touchdown
What went right: It’s hard to judge Telfer’s season because so much of it was spent off of the field or limited severely. He did, however, start seven games and caught a touchdown pass against Colorado.
His best outing of the subdued year receiving-wise was a two-catch performance against Arizona, which included a 29-yard first down reception.
What went wrong: Injuries. The oft-hyped tight end tore his meniscus in the offseason and his injury problems didn’t end there. After being knocked out of the Notre Dame loss, Telfer missed four games in the middle of the season. That loss was a particular stroke of bad luck, as there’s no telling if Telfer’s presence might have made the difference in a game when USC nearly ran out of receiving threats.
What’s next: Telfer announced he will return to USC for his redshirt senior season, which is great news for the Trojans who will miss the presence of Xavier Grimble next year. If his injury streak turns around, Telfer should be able to easily recreate his production as a redshirt freshman, when he caught five touchdowns. Under Steve Sarkisian’s new offensive system, Telfer will be expected to thrive.
Final Grade: C
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