USC Football

Patience and hard work paying off for LB Jordan Iosefa

November 28, 2017

Jordan Iosefa began the 2017 season backing up MLB Cameron Smith, but when Porter Gustin and Christian Rector were injured for the Notre Dame game, Iosefa was moved to the outsed to fill in. It's a role he's not uncomfortable playing and Johnny Nansen told us USC recruits players like him to end up inside or outside.

But ity wasn't long ago when Iosefa wasn't getting many reps and there's a mentality the USC coaches instill in the players to be ready to play at a moments notice. It's mentality that significantly benefitted Iosefa.

“That part was just like in practice, where we have iron sharpening iron, whether guys are getting reps or not,” said Iosefa. “You always need to be mentally ready and sometimes you might not even get reps in games. That was me for while. I wasn’t getting any reps, but they just threw me into a game and I felt comfortable, because I was mentally prepared. But at the same time, you still have to physically ready and you get that by getting your reps in practice.”

One of USC's best football players, Uchenna Nwosu, went from being a player we forgot was on the team to one of its best and a team captain. Iosefa said Nwosu frequently reminds those not getting much playing time, that he was in that situation at one point.

“He always tells us and guys like Wole (Betiku), Connor (Murphy) and a bunch of freshmen who aren’t playing or feel the coaches aren’t playing them enough,” Iosefa said. “He tells them to wait on it and their time is coming. Uchenna made the most of his opportunities and I’m hopefully making the most of mine.”

Watch the remainder of Jordan Iosefa's interview after Tuesday's practoce below.


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