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Heidari will have to earn spot for USC

10/21/2013

USC will open up the placekicking competition after Andre Heidari missed two field goals in the 14-10 loss to Notre Dame.

Heidari has been successful on 6 of 11 field-goal attempts this year, with two key misses in the loss to Washington State as well.

As a freshman in 2011, Heidari was named All Pac-12 first team after hitting 15 of 17 field goals and all 50 extra points. An early season knee injury in 2012 slowed him a bit and he ended the year by connecting on 10 of 16 field goals and 39 of 41 extra points.

There was hope within the USC program that the knee injury would be behind Heidari in 2013 and that he would get back to the form he showed in 2011. With the news that his job will now be open for competition, other candidates will include junior Craig McMahon -- who has 39 kickoffs in his USC career -- and sophomore Alex Wood, who connected on all eight extra points while subbing for the injured Heidari last season in games against Syracuse and Stanford.