Cody Kessler completed 30 of 41 passes for 248 yards and two scores for USC.
CAREER: He has 25 catches for 301 yards (12.0 avg) with TDs in his career. He has 3 career starts.
2017: Petite should again be a key contributor at tight end as a junior in 2017.
2016: Petite saw significant action at tight end as a sophomore in 2016. Overall in 2016 while appearing in all 13 games (starting twice, versus Utah State and Arizona), he had 10 catches for 156 yards (10.6 avg) with 2 TDs. He had a 5-yard grab against Alabama, an 8-yard reception against Utah State, 3 receptions for 73 yards at Stanford a 22-yard catch at Utah and a 27-yard catch against Arizona State. Both of his catches against Colorado were touchdowns (11 yards and then a 7-yarder midway through the fourth quarter for USC’s decisive TD). He added a 3-yard catch against Oregon.
2015: Petite was an often-used backup tight end as a first-year freshman in 2015. Overall in 2015 while appearing in all 14 games (he started versus Arizona), he had 15 catches for 145 yards (9.7 avg) with 1 TD. He had a 5-yard reception versus Arkansas State, a 6-yard catch against Idaho, 3 catches for 19 yards at Arizona State, 3 grabs for 26 yards at Notre Dame, an 18-yard reception versus Utah, an 18-yard catch against Arizona, a 9-yard catch at Colorado, 2 grabs for 18 yards (with a 12-yard TD) at Oregon and 2 catches for 26 yards against Wisconsin.
HIGH SCHOOL: He made 2014 Prep Star All-American, Max Preps All-American Small Schools first team, USA Today All-California, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Max Preps All-State Division III first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Medium Schools first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Max Preps All-Northern California first team, Contra Costa Times All-East Bay and San Francisco Chronicle All-Metro as a senior tight end and defensive end at Campolindo High in Moraga (Calif.). He had 37 catches for 969 yards (26.2 avg) with 9 TDs on offense and 4 sacks, an interception, a fumble recovery and 2 forced fumbles on defense in 2014. Campolindo won the 2014 CIF Division III state bowl game.
As a junior in 2013, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Junior third team as he had 24 catches for 495 yards (20.6 avg) with 9 TDs.
He had 7 catches for 190 yards (27.1 avg) with 2 TDs as a sophomore in 2012.
PERSONAL: He is a communication major at USC. His real first name is John.
GAME-BY-GAME WITH TYLER PETITE