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USC TE Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick ruled academically ineligible

USC will be missing a potential key contributor at tight end in 2014.

After Monday's first practice of fall camp, coach Steve Sarkisian announced that Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick would miss the season.

While Cope-Fitzpatrick had just one catch last year as a sophomore, he was listed atop the 2014 depth chart according to USCFootball.com. Even though he won't be able to play in any games, he can practice with the team.

With Cope-Fitzpatrick, USC had just three scholarship tight ends on the roster, so now the team is down to two. His absence may open up playing time for freshman Bryce Dixon. Dixon, a four-star recruit according to Rivals, was the No. 5 TE recruit in the country in the class of 2014.

The other scholarship TE is senior Randall Telfer, who had six catches for 78 yards in 2013.

For more USC news, visit USCFootball.com.

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