2005: The athletic Wyatt returns for his second season as a starting cornerback as a senior in 2005. He had hernia surgery prior to 2005 spring practice and sat out spring drills.
2004: Wyatt started all season at cornerback as a junior in 2004 and did an exemplary job. Overall in 2004 while appearing in all 13 games, he had 40 tackles, including 4.5 for losses of 6 yards, plus 7 deflections, a forced fumble and an interception that he returned 19 yards. He made 2004 All-Pac-10 honorable mention and the ESPN.com All-Pac-10 first team. He had a career-high 7 tackles at Oregon State, 4 tackles against California, Notre Dame and UCLA and 3 stops against Virginia Tech, Colorado State (with a forced fumble and deflection), BYU (including 2.5 for losses) and Washington State. His interception came against Arizona, setting up a TD.
2003: Wyatt was moved from cornerback to wide receiver in 2003 spring drills, then was switched back to cornerback in the middle of his 2003 sophomore season. He played often, first as a backup wide receiver, then in extra defensive back situations. He also played on special teams. Overall in 2003 while appearing in all 13 games, he made 10 tackles, caught 3 passes for 20 yards (6.7 avg.) and returned 3 kickoffs for 41 yards (13.7 avg.). He had 3 tackles against Washington State and 2 at California and Washington. He had 2 receptions for 15 yards versus BYU and a 5-yard catch at Auburn. He had a 31-yard kickoff return against Hawaii.
2002: Wyatt was a backup cornerback and played on special teams as a freshman in 2002, his first year at USC. He played often in extra defensive back formations. Overall in 2002 while appearing in all 13 games, he had 10 tackles, a deflection and 2 fumble recoveries, plus he returned a punt for 16 yards (versus Arizona State). He had 4 tackles at Stanford. His fumble recoveries came at Kansas State and Stanford (leading to a USC touchdown).
HIGH SCHOOL: He was named to the 2001 Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Max Emfinger All-American, Super Prep Elite 50, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-Western Region, Tom Lemming All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best of the Rest, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Las Vegas Sun Super 11 honorable mention, All-CIF Division II first team, Los Angeles Times All-Southeast/South Coast first team and Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team first team as a senior at Dominguez High in Compton (Calif.). He had 64 tackles, including 3 for losses (with 2 sacks), plus 2 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries while allowing only 3 passes to be completed on him as a cornerback in 2001. On offense, he played quarterback, running back and wide receiver and also returned kicks. He ran for 1,436 yards on 138 carries (10.4 avg.) with 27 TDs in 2001, plus was 98-of-149 passing (65.8%) for 1,268 yards and 16 TDs, had 28 receptions for 473 yards (16.9 avg.) and 5 scores, and returned 3 punts and 2 kickoffs for touchdowns.
He made the All-CIF Division II first team as a junior in 2000. He had 60 tackles (42 solo), 39 deflections and an interception on defense in 2000 and averaged 100 all-purpose yards a game as he rushed for 876 yards on 104 carries (8.4 avg.) with 21 TDs and caught 37 passes for 400-plus yards with 8 TDs. He also was on Dominguez's track team, with bests of 10.4 in the 100 meters, 21.5 in the 200 meters, 47.8 in the 400 meters and 37.8 in the 300-meter hurdles. Currents Trojan LaJuan Ramsey and Chilo Rachal also prepped at Dominguez.
He spent his first 2 years at Highland High in Palmdale (Calif.).
PERSONAL: He's a sociology major at USC. His father, Porter, played baseball in the Milwaukee Brewers organization, while his uncle, Reggie, was in the Kansas City Royals system.
WHAT OTHERS SAY:
USC secondary coach Greg Burns: "He understands what he has to do. Going over to offense kind of forced him to learn football, rather than just techniques. It helped him understanding schemes. It helped him to become more mature. So when he came back to defense, he seemed more aware and conscious of the overall picture. He understands the whole concept of what we're trying to do defensively. Instead of him just doing something because I said it, he does it because he understands it."
GAME-BY-GAME WITH JUSTIN WYATT