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Randall Telfer

Randall Telfer
No. 86 Cleveland Browns
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1992-05-16) May 16, 1992
Place of birth: Rancho Cucamonga, California
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school: Rancho Cucamonga (CA)
College: USC
NFL draft: 2015 / Round: 6 / Pick: 198
Career history
Roster status: Non-Football Injury
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards: -
Receiving TDs: -
Stats at
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Randall Telfer (born May 16, 1992) is an American football tight end for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Southern California Trojans.


  • High school and college career 1
  • College career 2
  • Professional career 3
    • 2015 season 3.1
  • References 4
  • External links 5

High school and college career

Randall Telfer was born on May 16, 1992, in Rancho Cucamonga, California. His mother was a physical therapist.[1]

Telfer attended Rancho Cucamonga High School (RCHS), where he received a 3.5 grade point average. He had no familiarity with football and had never played the game, but RCHS football coach Nick Baiz convinced him to begin playing in his freshman year. His height and swiftness led to his being cast as a wide receiver, but he was so poor at catching footballs that he didn't play that year. He played only minimally his sophomore year, but had so rapidly developed as an athlete that he became the team's second receiver in his junior year. In the 2008 season, he caught 42 passes for 677 yards (619 m) and five touchdowns. RCHS won the Southern Section Central Division high school championship football game 21-7 over Upland High School. Telfer caught a touchdown that helped win the game for RCHS.[1]

By his senior year, Telfer had developed into a 6-foot-2-inch (1.88 m), 225-pound (102 kg) receiver with superb blocking skills.[1] Considered one of the state's top college football recruits,[2] he had only played in 14 games.[1]

College career

College recruiters saw Telfer more as a tight end than a receiver. He was recruited by eight schools: Arizona State University, Stanford University, the University of California at Los Angeles, the University of Oregon, the University of Southern California (USC), the University of Tennessee, the University of Washington, and Vanderbilt University. He favored Oregon and USC.[3]

Pete Carroll successfully recruited Telfer for the University of Southern California (USC),[4] where he attended upon receiving an athletic scholarship.[2] He was redshirted his freshman year (the 2010 season), after which Carroll left USC to coach professionally for the Seattle Seahawks.[2] In the spring, the NCAA punished USC for numerous rules and recruiting violations,[4] banning the team from playing in Pac-10 conference championship games and bowl games for two seasons.[2] Telfer had the right to transfer to another school, but declined to do so.[4]

As a sophomore in 2011, Telfer had an outstanding season under coach Lane Kiffin, catching 26 passes—five of them for touchdowns. He suffered several injuries during the season, but continued to play.[2]

In his junior year, USC began the season ranked Number 1 in the quarterback Matt Barkley for not playing even though injured and for generally poor leadership throughout the season.[5]

Telfer played with numerous leg injuries in the 2013 season. Coaching staff permitted him to play, but counseled him several times that he should take a more prudent approach to his health.[6] USC lost three of its first five games of Telfer's senior season, and Kiffin was fired as head coach on September 29, 2013.[7] Defensive line coach

  • USC Trojans bio
  • College stats

External links

  1. ^ a b c d Bolch, Ben (August 29, 2009). "Rancho Cucamonga tight end Randall Telfer's swift ascent". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 27, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Klein, Gary (December 26, 2014). "USC's Hayes Pullard, Randall Telfer saw it all, and more, in 5 years". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 27, 2015. 
  3. ^ Biggins, Greg (March 22, 2009). "ATH Telfer hoping to make early decision". ESPN Insider. Retrieved May 27, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Lev, Michael (November 27, 2014). "USC playing for veteran leaders Pullard, Telfer". The Orange County Register. Retrieved May 27, 2015. 
  5. ^ "'"Lane Kiffin: 'Nothing physical. ESPN. January 16, 2013. Retrieved May 27, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c Klein, Gary (August 5, 2014). "USC tight end Randall Telfer looks ready to make impact". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 27, 2015. 
  7. ^ Klein, Gary (September 30, 2013). "USC Fires Lane Kiffin in the Middle of the Night". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  8. ^ Klein, Gary (December 2, 2013). "USC Hires Steve Sarkisian As Football Coach". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b McManamon, Pat (May 2, 2015). "Total breakdown: Browns draft TE Randall Telfer in sixth round". ESPN. Retrieved May 27, 2015. 
  10. ^ Cabot, Mary Kay (May 20, 2015). "Browns TE Randall Telfer could miss most of 2015 after mid-foot surgery". Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved May 27, 2015. 
  11. ^ Cabot, Mary Kay (May 7, 2015). "Cleveland Browns sign 2nd-round pick Nate Orchard and 6th-rounder Randall Telfer". Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved May 27, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Randall Telfer". 2015. Retrieved May 27, 2015. 
  13. ^ Cabot, Mary Kay (July 29, 2015). "Browns' CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu expected to sit out 2015 with serious knee injury". Cleveland Plain-Dealer. Retrieved August 11, 2015. 


On July 28, 2015, head coach Mike Pettine announced that Telfer would sit out training camp and remain idle until at least midseason. Pettine said that although some athletes return from mid-foot surgery in four to six months, the team would wait eight months and reevaluate Tefler's ability to play in October.[13]

2015 season

The Cleveland Browns drafted Telfer in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Telfer signed a four-year contract with the Browns on May 6, 2015, although terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.[11] A later report said the terms were worth $2.397 million, which included a 117,537 signing bonus.[12]

Telfer suffered a left mid-foot fracture of the tarsometatarsal articulations while playing in the Holiday Bowl. The injury was difficult to diagnose, and he did not undergo surgery to correct the fracture until mid-February 2015. Healing and rehabilitation for such injuries generally lasts four to six months, although eight months is not uncommon.[10]

Professional career

Randall Telfer graduated from the University of Southern California in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in political science. In the fall of 2014, he began work at USC on a master's degree in communications management, with an emphasis on marketing.[2]

Steve Sarkisian was named USC's permanent head coach at the end of the 2013 season. Telfer had arthroscopic surgery on a knee in the spring of 2014, which kept him out of spring training camp.[9] Although many in the press predicted he would have the breakout fifth-year season,[2] and Coach Sarkisian told Telfer he would be an "offensive weapon" in the coming year,[6] Telfer was relegated largely to a role as a blocker.[4] The Trojans ended their season playing in the Holiday Bowl, winning 45-42 over the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers. Telfer ended his college football career with 63 receptions, 12 of them for touchdowns.[2] His USC teammates voted to give him the Chris Carlisle Courage Award for starting every game his final year, despite his significant injuries.[9]

[6] Over the past two seasons, Telfer caught another 18 passes, five for touchdowns.[8]

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