In more ways than one, the USC football team is in a period of transition after taking care of Penn State in the Rose Bowl. Plenty of players will be gone, either to graduation, the NFL or both. And, USC will have a pair of new coordinators on staff. However, would the transition be eased if...[details]
2005 (Freshman): Among his 2004 honors were Super Prep All-American, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Tom Lemming All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West honorable mention, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Orange County Register Fab 15 second team, Gatorade Hawaii Player of the Year, Honolulu Advertiser All-State first team, All-Maui Interscholastic League Defensive Player of the Year and All-League as a senior linebacker at Baldwin High in Wailuku (Hi.). He had 147 tackles, 39 tackles for loss, 8 sacks, 8 forced fumbles and 5 blocked kicks in 2004, as well as a punt return for a TD.
The Good: Possesses a strong lower body and plays with natural leverage at the point of attack. Does a nice job being physical in the hole and wining the initial battle on contact. Is very active and showcases good footwork, burst and redirection skills. Gets up to speed quickly and exhibits good closing speed to the ball carrier. A sound tackler who does an impressive job exploding though his hips and bringing down the ball carrier inside. The Bad: A bit short by NFL standards and has trouble locating the play consistently. Plays very aggressively and will overrun the ball. Doesn't always break down well in space and is washed out too easily at the line of scrimmage.