One in every of USC’s prime receivers from final season is making ready to take a seat out the remainder of this one.
Junior Gary Bryant Jr. is anticipated to redshirt this season, coach Lincoln Riley mentioned Tuesday. Bryant, who had caught simply two passes in three weeks, is free to play in yet one more recreation whereas retaining his means to redshirt.
The choice to take a seat Bryant for the remainder of the season is a shocking flip for a receiver who ranked among the many best playmakers in USC’s passing assault final yr. Bryant scored seven touchdowns and tallied 579 yards for an offense that was with out its prime goal, Drake London, for the second half of the season. Bryant additionally served as considered one of USC’s prime returners.
However with a brand new fleet of switch receivers, alternatives for Bryant have dried up. The eight routes he ran in USC’s win over Fresno State final Saturday represented a high-water mark by way of three weeks. He practiced with the scout-team offense Tuesday.
Whether or not Bryant will elect to stay at USC past his redshirt yr stays to be seen. He signed with the Trojans out of Corona Centennial in 2020 as one of the crucial coveted receiver recruits within the nation. Ought to he resolve to enter the NCAA switch portal, he’d doubtless don’t have any scarcity of suitors.
Lower than a month in the past, Bryant informed reporters that he welcomed the competitors that got here with Riley’s offense and a extra crowded receiver room
“Just going out there and taking it one day at a time and knowing that I’m competing with myself,” Bryant mentioned. “Just trying to elevate. When I heard Jordan [Addison] was coming, Mario [Williams] was coming, just knowing that I can take his game, he can take my game, we can all come together as one and elevating every day at practice.”
Addison and Williams have emerged as the highest targets in USC’s explosive passing assault, combining for 41 of the 91 targets by way of three video games. No different receiver has been focused greater than seven occasions.
The dearth of equal alternative begs the query of whether or not Bryant would be the final in that room to redshirt.
And so on.
After lacking USC’s win over Fresno State with an ankle harm, left sort out Courtland Ford practiced Tuesday. Each he and fellow left sort out Bobby Haskins enter this week with a clear invoice of well being, however Riley wouldn’t say which might get the lion’s share of snaps Saturday in opposition to Oregon State.