USC WR Jordan Addison describes being ‘drugged through the mud’ as he faces controversial transfer from Pitt

USC WR Jordan Addison describes being ‘drugged through the mud’ as he faces controversial transfer from Pitt

USC made headlines during the offseason for acquiring big-name transfers, but none came with more controversy than former Pittsburgh wide receiver Jordan Addison. Now, as the reigning Biletnikoff winner prepares for his junior season as a member of the Trojans, it appears he has begun to use the firestorm of the past few months as fuel.

“I definitely think I got drug through the mud a little bit with the media,” Addison told local reporters in his first media meeting since his transfer. “But I like to be an underdog, and I’m always going to come out on top. So I think because it will be a great story in the end.”

Addison’s decision to transfer prompted Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi, who allegedly made angry phone calls to USC coach Lincoln Riley over alleged interference, according to ESPN. Then, reports circulated that Addison was unhappy with his name, image and likeness after coming to USC.

But the 6-foot rusher and first-round 2023 NFL Draft pick said there was “just a feeling I had” about USC that guided him through a chaotic offseason during which his name remained in a cycle. sports news.

“It was frustrating, but I wasn’t too worried about it because the truth always comes out,” Addison said. “I know what my focus is and my intention. So it’s all just outside noise.”

Addison was one of the stars of the sport in 2021 as he racked up 100 catches for 1,593 yards and 17 touchdowns while helping lead Pittsburgh to a surprise ACC championship. He decided to move around the May 1 deadline for players to enter the portal and gain immediate eligibility.

“They say it’s a business, so sometimes you have to make decisions for you,” Addison said.

His choice of USC came after the Trojans landed other offensive stars such as Oklahoma quarterback Caleb Williams and Oregon running back Travis Dye, who he will join in 2022 as the Trojans look for a quick first-season turnaround of Riley after 4-. 8 debacle in 2021.

But even as his old coach expressed his displeasure with how Addison’s departure went down, the star receiver indicated he stayed out of the war of words involving Narduzzi.

“I didn’t do any of that. I knew where my focus was and what I wanted to do with my life, at least in my family,” Addison said. “So I didn’t think I needed to go back and talk to them. Whatever they had to say, they can say it. I’m grateful to them for even giving me the opportunity to play at that prestigious institution, but he’s good now. though.”

As for what’s ahead, Addison said he likes the creativity of USC’s offense and credited the team’s loaded receiver room with helping his transition to a new program.

“They walked me in and took me under their wing,” Addison said. “Going to war with each other. We’ve been outside, out on that field, running sprints, doing what we need to do to prepare for the season. I feel like I can stick with them guys.”

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