How USC football players are getting through the coronavirus shutdown

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USC football offensive lineman Jalen McKenzie introduced the #FIGHTONCHALLENGE while others are finding creative ways to pass time.

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With people stuck at home during the coronavirus shutdown, one USC football player has a solution to get through the days at home.

Redshirt junior offensive lineman Jalen McKenzie introduced the #FIGHTONCHALLENGE on Tuesday night, posting a video doing push-ups with a Trojan theme.

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“Feeling bummed about being in quarantine Trojan Family?” McKenzie tweeted? “Get a set of Trojans push-ups and post using #FIGHTONCHALLENGE and show everyone how you’re fighting on through these trying times.”

McKenzie’s challenge involves a set of 10 push-ups spelling out T-R-O-J-A-N-S TROJANS! TROJANS! TROJANS!

If fans are going to be cooped up at home, it makes sense to incorporate some physical fitness into their routine to unleash some energy.

McKenzie’s teammate Brandon Pili upped the ante with a workout routine that is far less accessible to the average fan: Sibling lifting.

Pili used his sister Alissa, a 6-foot freshman on USC’s women’s basketball team, to show off his strength, picking her up and doing squats with her on his shoulders.

Pili can’t put that strength to use on the football field right now, but it’s comforting to know he’s got that ability.

Wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown used his platform to send out a PSA to the Trojan Family, encouraging social distancing and good hygienic practices.

Isaac Taylor-Stuart, USC’s redshirt sophomore cornerback who is recovering from knee surgery, shared his plans to make gains during the shutdown…with a pot of beans.

And if you can’t figure out how to occupy your time without March Madness or Spring Camp, maybe it’s time to take up crossword puzzles?

It’s going to be a long few weeks, but USC football players, coaches, and fans will find a way through it.

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