Roundtable: Under-the-radar players

Name two off-the-radar players -- one on offense and one on defense -- who could rise up and play larger-than-expected roles in 2013.

Garry Paskwietz

TE Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick: Sure, the Trojans already have a pretty good pair of co-starters in Xavier Grimble and Randall Telfer, who will likely get the bulk of action at tight end. But one thing we saw in spring is that Cope-Fitzpatrick is ready for a bigger role. He has real nice size at 6-foot-5, 245-pounds and showed good hands in extended action when both players ahead of him were slowed with injuries. That will be a key thing to watch in fall in terms of opportunity for Cope-Fitzpatrick. The tight end position is a physical one and there are bound to be times when Grimble or Telfer are banged up and he will get the call. Here’s guessing he is ready to respond.