Trojans boost their numbers with walk-ons


USC has only 70 scholarship players (most teams have 85), so just getting through four weeks of fall practices might be something of a challenge. With that in mind, USC added seven walk-ons Thursday, their second day of fall camp.

Courtesy of the school's sports-information staff, here they are, with their football resumes:

6 NEYER, Anthony QB 6-2 200 9/3/92 Fr./Fr. -- Palm Desert (Xavier College Prep)

15 NEGRETE, Kyle P-LB 6-0 210 11/1/89 Jr./Jr. TR Fresno (Clovis West/San Diego)

40 BURNETT, Tony CB 6-1 195 6/29/90 So.*/Jr. -- Watts (Mayfair/Los Angeles Southwest JC)

45 McMAHON, Craig PK 6-2 180 8/27/92 Fr./Fr. -- Bakersfield (Bakersfield)

73 KIM, Patrick OG 6-3 305 12/31/91 Fr./Fr. -- Chino Hills (Ayala)

76 GUERTLER, Nathan OT 6-5 265 1/13/93 Fr./Fr. -- Norco (Norco)

97 TAVAREZ, Conrad DT 5-11 285 4/1/91 Fr./Fr. -- San Juan Capistrano (Mater Dei)

NEYER–Was 99-of-191 (51.8%) for 1,466 yards, 19 TDs and 12 interceptions as a 2009 senior quarterback at Xavier College Prep in Palm Desert (Calif.)...Also ran for 115 yards with 4 TDs in 2009...Had 68 tackles and 2 interceptions as a linebacker on defense in 2009, and punted 23 times...Did not play as a 2008 junior...Spent his 2007 sophomore season playing 8-man football at Desert Christian School in Bermuda Dunes (Calif.)

NEGRETE–Spent the past 2 seasons (2008-09) as a punter and linebacker at the University of San Diego...As a sophomore in 2009, he earned All-Pioneer Football League first team honors at punter and was the team’s Special Teams Player of the Year while averaging 42.2 yards on his 55 punts, with 16 pinning opponents within the 20-yard line...He also had 11 tackles as a reserve linebacker in 2009...As a freshman in 2008, he made All-PFL honorable mention as he averaged 41.0 yards on 27 punts, with 4 traveling 50-plus yards (with a 62-yarder), and he made 20 tackles...He prepped at Clovis West High in Fresno (Calif.), where he was All-State third team, All-Section first team, MVP of the All-City and All-League teams and MVP of his team as a 2007 senior linebacker, tight end and punter...He had 105 tackles and 8 interceptions as a senior and averaged 46.7 yards per punt...He also played baseball at Clovis West...His father, Jeff, played football at Fresno State (1983-84), while his grandfather, Jim Sweeney, was the head football coach at Montana State (1963-67), Washington State (1968-75) and Fresno State (1967-77, 1980-86), posting 200 career wins

BURNETT–Was a jumper and sprinter on USC’s track team in 2010...Has career bests of 23-3 1/4 in the long jump, 49-0 1/4 in the triple jump, 10.85 in the 100 meters and 22.17 in the 200 meters...He placed ninth in both the long and triple jumps at the 2010 Pac-10 Championships...Played football as a 2008 freshman at Los Angeles (Calif.) Southwest Junior College...Prepped at Mayfair High in Lakewood (Calif.), where he was on the football and track teams...As a senior defensive back and wide receiver in 2007, he had 7 interceptions and 18 tackles on defense and caught 15 passes for 304 yards (20.3 avg.) with 4 TDs on offense...In track, he made 2008 All-CIF, All-State, All-Conference and Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team first team

McMAHON–He made 2009 Bakersfield Californian All-Area as a senior placekicker at Bakersfield (Calif.) High...He hit 6-of-8 field goals (including a 53-yarder) as a senior in 2009 and 40 of his 52 kickoffs were touchbacks...He also punted at Bakersfield

KIM–Played offensive and defensive line at Ayala High in Chino (Calif.)...Made the All-Inland Valley second team and All-Sierra League first team as a senior in 2009

GUERTLER–Made 2009 All-County and All-Big VIII League first team as a senior offensive tackle at Norco (Calif.) High...Made the All-League team as a 2008 junior

TAVAREZ–Played defensive and offensive line at Mater Dei High in Santa Ana (Calif.)...Made All-Trinity League first team as a 2009 senior when he had 29 tackles