2012: Heyward will compete for playing time at defensive tackle as a redshirt freshman in 2012.
2011: Heyward redshirted as a freshman defensive tackle in 2011, his first year at USC. He had surgery on his shoulder after the 2011 season.
HIGH SCHOOL: His 2010 honors included Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, UnderArmour All-American, ESPNU 150, Rivals 100, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Orange County Register Fab 15 second team, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West Best of the Rest, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Max Preps All-State second team, SectionSports.com All-State second team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Medium Schools first team, All-CIF San Diego first team, SectionSports.com All-San Diego first team and All-Western League Defensive Player of the Year as a senior defensive lineman at Point Loma High in San Diego (Calif.). He had 86 tackles, with 8 sacks, and 3 fumble recoveries in 2010.
As a junior in 2009, he made 66 tackles, including 9 sacks, plus 6 deflections, 3 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries.