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CAREER: In his career, he has 5 catches for 49 yards (9.8 avg.), 5 carries for 15 yards (3.0 avg.), 3 kickoff returns for 59 yards (19.7 avg.) and 2 tackles.
2014: The speedy Farmer will look to make an impact at wide receiver as a junior in 2014.
2013: Farmer was set to compete for a starting wide receiver job as a junior in 2013, but he tore ligaments in his left knee in 2013 and had surgery, so he redshirted the 2013 season.
2012: Farmer was a backup wide receiver as a sophomore in 2012. He appeared in 9 games (all but Stanford, California, UCLA) in 2012. He had a 7-yard catch against Hawaii. He was injured in the Syracuse game and missed the next 2 games (Stanford and California).
2011: Farmer began his 2011 freshman season, his first year at USC, as a backup wide receiver, then moved to backup tailback midseason. He also played on special teams, including returning kickoffs. Overall in 2011 while appearing in 4 games (California, Notre Dame, Oregon, UCLA), he ran for 15 yards on 5 carries (3.0 avg.), caught 4 passes for 42 yards (10.5 avg.), returned 3 kickoffs for 59 yards (19.7 avg.) and had 2 tackles. At California, he ran for 4 yards on 4 carries, caught a 14-yard pass, returned 2 kcikoffs for 38 yards and had 2 tackles. At Notre Dame, he had an 11-yard run, a 9-yard reception and a 21-yard kickoff return. He also caught a pass against Oregon (14 yards) and UCLA (5 yards). He sprained his left ankle in practice prior to the Stanford game and missed Stanford and Colorado games.
HIGH SCHOOL: His 2010 honors included Parade All-American, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Max Preps All-American first team, U.S. Army All-American, Max Preps All-American Medium Schools first team, ESPNU 150, Sporting News Top 100, Rivals 100, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Dream Team, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, SectionSports.com All-State first team, Max Preps All-State Division II first team, All-CIF Western Division Offensive MVP, SectionSports.com All-Southern Section first team, Los Angeles Times All-Star, South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay Player of the Year and All-Mission League MVP as a senior wide receiver and defensive back at Serra High in Gardena (Calif.). He had 65 receptions for 1,514 yards (23.3 avg.) with 14 TDs, ran for 2 more TDs, had 5 TDs on kick/punt returns and intercepted 3 passes in 2010. Serra went 14-1 in 2010, won the CIF Western Division title and played in the California state Division II championship game.
As a junior in 2009, he was Cal-Hi Sports All-State Medium Schools first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team, Max Preps All-State Division III first team, All-CIF Northwest Division, South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay first team and All-Del Rey League. He had 41 receptions for 891 yards (21.7 avg.) with 12 TDs in 2009. Serra went 15-0 in 2009 and won the CIF Northwest Division title and the California state Division III championship.
As a sophomore in 2008, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore and All-Del Rey League first team. Current Trojan Jalen Greene and incoming Trojans Adoree' Jackson and Olajuwon Tucker also prepped at Serra.
He also was on the basketball and track (10.40 best in the 100 meters and 21.22 in the 200 meters) teams at Serra. At the 2010 California state meet, he was second in the 100 meters (10.45) and seventh in the 200 (21.3). He won the 100 at the 2011 Arcadia Invitational and was the 2011 Del Rey League champ in the 100 and 200 before an ankle injury ended his season. He made the 2011 South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay team. He was the 2009-10 Cal-Hi Sports State Junior of the Year.
PERSONAL: He is a sociology major at USC. His father, George, was a wide receiver at Southern and then in the NFL with the Los Angeles Rams (1982-84) and Miami Dolphins (1987). Some of his artwork was displayed at the 2013 "Artletics" on-campus exhibit that featured the works of USC student-athletes.