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Adoree’ Jackson Returns to U.S.C. Football Team After His Olympic Bid Falls Short

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Adoree’ Jackson, a jack-of-all-trades for the U.S.C. football team, signaled to Coach Clay Helton at the Pacific-12 Conference media day in Los Angeles on Thursday.

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LOS ANGELES — Adoree’ Jackson had to change some routines in order to go from the football field to the track, but there was one thing he could not give up: McDonald’s.

Jackson, Southern California’s multipurpose football star, attempted a run at the Rio Olympics this spring by forgoing spring ball and instead competing in track and field, but he never quite learned how to eat like a sprinter. Jackson refused to give up McDonald’s, much to the chagrin of the U.S.C. track coaches.

“I love it,” Jackson said of McDonald’s last week at the Pacific-12 football media days. “It’s my go-to. A lot of people on the team try to get me to eat healthier. If I go out with them, I’ll eat what they want me to eat and do the things that they want me to do just to be a team player. But if I don’t go out with them, I eat McDonald’s.”

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