6Michael Pittman Jr.
2017: Pittman, who gained valuable experience as a rookie in 2016, looks to earn a starting role at wide receiver as a sophomore in 2017.
2016: Pittman, who enrolled at USC in the spring of 2016 after graduating a semester early from high school, saw key action at wide receiver and on special teams as a first-year freshman in 2016. Overall in 2016 while appearing in all 13 games, he had 6 catches for 82 yards (13.7 avg) on offense and had 2 punt returns for 63 yards (31.5 avg), 4 kickoff returns for 31 yards (7.8 avg), 7 tackles, a blocked punt and a forced fumble on special teams.
He had a blocked punt that he returned 35 yards against Utah State, a tackle at Utah, 2 catches for 21 yards against Arizona State, 2 kickoff returns for 13 yards and a tackle against California, 4 catches for 61 yards and a 28-yard punt return against Oregon, a tackle at Washington, a tackle and forced fumble at UCLA and 2 tackles against Notre Dame. He had a tackles and 2 kickoff returns for 18 yards against Penn State.
HIGH SCHOOL: He made 2015 Parade All-American first team, Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Max Preps All-American first team, Orange County Register Fab 15 second team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, USA Today All-California Offensive Player of the Year, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, All-CIF Pac 5 Division, Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket All-CIF Offensive Player of the Year, Los Angeles Times All-Area first team, Los Angeles Daily News Player of the Year and Ventura County Star Player of the Year as a senior wide receiver and safety at Oaks Christian High in Westlake Village (Calif.). He had 81 receptions for 1,990 yards (24.6 avg) with 24 TDs in 2015 (he caught 16 passes for 354 yards and 5 TDs in his final game), as well as 31 tackles, an interception and a deflection, 17 kickoff returns for 477 yards (28.1 avg) with 1 TD and 14 punt returns for 148 yards (10.6 avg). He suffered a broken collarbone after the seaon.
As a junior in 2014, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Junior second team, Los Angeles Daily News All-Area first team and All-Marmonte League Co-Receiver of the Year. He had 47 catches for 914 yards (19.4 avg) with 12 TDs in 2014, plus 43 tackles (including 2 for losses) and 3 interceptions and 11 kickoff returns for 311 yards (28.3 avg).
PERSONAL: His father, Michael, was a running back at Fresno State (1993, 95-97) and then in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals (1998-2001), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2002-07), including on the Super Bowl XXXVII champion in the 2002 season, and Denver Broncos (2008).
GAME-BY-GAME WITH MICHAEL PITTMAN JR.