Former Oklahoma Tight End Tyler McNamara Transferring to USC


Former Oklahoma tight end Tyler McNamara announced on Twitter Monday that he will transfer to USC this summer, giving the Trojans added depth at a position of need.

McNamara was a four-star recruit out of Westview High School in San Diego back in 2012. He spent three years with the Sooners, though he sat out his first season with a medical redshirt.

With his graduation on course in May, the redshirt junior would be immediately eligible to play for the Trojans in 2015. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.

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Steve Sarkisian’s squad, which has battled depth problems at the tight end position, could certainly use an added presence. Randall Telfer’s graduation left the Trojans with just two scholarship tight ends to star 2015. Matters only got worse this spring with Bryce Dixon held out of practice due to a “student-conduct issue.”

Though reports have varied on Dixon’s status going forward, the sophomore player could be unavailable through the coming season.

The incoming 6-5, 245 pound tight end has one career reception to his name while playing 11 career games for Oklahoma, but he started as a freshman before a shoulder injury held him out for the year.

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Like fellow transfer Connor Spears, McNamara will look to jump into the rotation right away with Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick featuring as the lone scholarship player available at the position.

Despite the importance of adding another body to the mix, McNamara’s transfer will remain a bandaid to patch the hole that USC faces at tight end unless he proves to be a late bloomer. McNamara and Cope-Fitzpatrick have four career catches and one start combined between them.

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