USC football: Which Trojans took a redshirt in 2019?

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Which USC football players took a redshirt in 2019? The Trojans got big contributions from several freshman while others sat to develop.

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With the 2019 USC football season officially over and a new year begun, it’s time for some roster housekeeping.

Seventeen Trojans preserved a season of eligibility in 2019 by taking a redshirt. Of those, 13 were freshmen, but injury forced redshirts for a number of non-freshmen as well.

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Quarterback JT Daniels was only able to play in one half of football before blowing out his knee. He will return as a redshirt sophomore in 2020.

Inside linebacker Jordan Iosefa struggled with a knee injury going into the season and ultimate sat out completely, allowing him to come back next year as a redshirt senior.

Offensive guard Andrew Vorhees underwent season-ending surgery after participating in just two games in 2019. He’s set to return as a redshirt junior.

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Finally, linebacker-turned-safety Raymond Scott completed the season with four games of action, keeping him in range of a redshirt while he settled himself into a new position. He is now a redshirt sophomore.

Redshirts used in 2019:

  • DL De’jon Benton
  • QB JT Daniels*
  • WR Kyle Ford
  • ILB Jordan Iosefa*
  • S Kaulana Makaula
  • WR Bru McCoy
  • OLB Tuasivi Nomura
  • CB Adonis Otey
  • C Gino Quinnones
  • TE Ethan Rae
  • OT Jason Rodriguez
  • DT Stanley Ta’ufo’ou
  • ILB Maninoa Tufono
  • OG Andrew Vorhees*
  • CB Max Williams
  • TE Jude Wolfe
  • S Raymond Scott*


Redshirts burned in 2019:

  • S Briton Allen
  • RB Kenan Christon
  • LB Ralen Goforth
  • S Dorian Hewett
  • WR John Jackson
  • DE Drake Jackson
  • WR Drake London
  • WR Munir McClain
  • QB Kedon Slovis
  • CB Chris Steele
  • CB Jayden Williams

Eleven freshmen participated in more than four games, burning their redshirts in 2019. The likes of Drake Jackson, Kedon Slovis and Chris Steele played major roles in their debut seasons while running back Kenan Christon stepped in to help the Trojans through an injury crisis at running back. Safety Dorian Hewett came up in the crunch playing cornerback at one point.

Wide receiver Munir McClain was set up to give USC some nice depth at wide receiver, but he suffered a season-ending knee injury during his fifth game of action.

The rest, including Briton Allen, Ralen Goforth, John Jackson III and Jayden Williams, were largely special teams contributors.

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