So how did the transfers shape USC?
11 of USC’s 22 starters vs. Rice made their first start as Trojans. Eight of the new starters were transfers.
The transfers who started: Mekhi Blackmon, Romello Height, Shane Lee, Caleb Williams, Travis Dye, Brenden Rice, Jordan Addison and Mario Williams.
- One word about special teams. USC needed to punt just once vs. Rice. Aadyn Sleep-Dalton’s first career punt went 26 yards. This will be worth monitoring Saturday at Stanford.
- In early August, USC tight ends coach Zach Hanson said tight end Malcolm Epps ran nearly 22 mph. Epps got in the field Saturday but did not catch a pass.