Liam Jimmons moving to offensive line ahead of USC football Spring Camp?

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USC football offensive line coach Tim Drevno posted a picture of his unit on Sunday ahead of Spring Camp, including defensive lineman Liam Jimmons.

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Is USC football defensive lineman Liam Jimmons making a switch to the offensive line?

That’s what it looks like after offensive line coach Tim Drevno tweeted a picture of the offensive line unit at the beach on Sunday afternoon, with Jimmons joining along in the O-line positional outing.

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“It was great to break bread with this offensive line. Excited to start spring ball this week. The future is bright! Fight On!” Drevno wrote along with the photo.

The photo includes a bottom row, going from left to right, of new offensive assistant Viane Talamaivao, Bernard Schirmer, Andrew Vorhees, Drevno, Jacob Daniel, Jimmons, Austin Jackson, Alijah Vera-Tucker and Clayton Bradley.

The top row includes Frank Martin, Justin Dedich, Liam Douglass, Gino Quinones, Mark Zuvic, Alijah Vera-Tucker, Brett Neilon, AJ Mageo and Jalen McKenzie.

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Jimmons is entering his redshirt junior season and has spent the last three seasons practicing and developing as a defensive tackle.

In 2018, he only had six tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack, but his participation seemed to greatly increase towards the end of the season and he showed bright signs. He looked like a player ready to increase his playing time in 2019.

In 2017, he had five total tackles in 10 games of action, filling in as an injury crisis struck the defensive line. He redshirted in 2016.

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The Trojans do have a need on the offensive line, where depth is less than stellar at guard. Losing Chris Brown and Jordan Austin to graduation, USC returns just four scholarship guards—Daniel, Martin, Vorhees and Vera-Tucker. Quinnones is a freshman early enrollee, but he too is converting from a high school defensive lineman to guard. Narbonne’s Tilini Livai will also join the team this fall.

Vorhees and Vera-Tucker are the favorites to win starting jobs on the right and left respectively, but Jimmons could carve out a rotational role if he takes to the position quickly enough.

Jimmons wouldn’t be the first defensive line to make the switch to offense late in his career. In that photo he is standing beside Jacob Daniel, who also transitioned from defensive tackle to offensive guard in 2017. However, he redshirted that season and played in just one contest last year.

It won’t take long to find out for sure where Jimmons’ future lies. USC is schedule to release a Spring Camp roster this week, with practices beginning on Tuesday.