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Bru McCoy leading next wave of young USC receivers – Press Telegram

First, it was a simple out route and a four-yard pickup on second down. Then, USC quarterback Kedon Slovis went back to one of his newer targets on an inside slant for 11 yards and the first down.’

Two plays later, the big physical receiver ducked under a tackle and turned a short gain into 23 yards and an entry point in the red zone.

It was a critical opening drive to the second half as USC attempted to build a two-possession lead over Utah, and on three out of four plays the Trojans went to redshirt freshman receiver Bru McCoy.

In a position group filled with veterans and other young up-and-comers like himself, McCoy has established himself in the USC receiver hierarchy this year. Slovis and offensive coordinator Graham Harrell have trusted him to be the fourth man on the field, and he’s shown up for those moments.

Like that drive against Utah, like his tipped touchdown reception in the wild comeback against Arizona State.

“He’s been kinda taking his role and just starring in it, whatever it is, if it’s five plays, if it’s 20 plays, if it’s 30 plays, he just goes as hard as he can and he just tries to make plays,” receivers coach Keary Colbert said Wednesday. “He’s a very hardworking young man. Football means a lot to him.”

McCoy is fourth on USC in receptions (13) and receiving yards (142), behind last year’s stalwarts Amon-Ra St. Brown, Drake London and Tyler Vaughns.

But he’s just one of several young Trojan receivers waiting for their chance. John Jackson III caught his first career pass earlier this season, a 23-yarder. Speedy true freshman Gary Bryant Jr. has gotten the chance to return kicks the past two games. And there are several others who are still in the wings, like true freshman Josh Jackson Jr. or the injured Kyle Ford.

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