March 5, 2008

Continuing tradition

A couple years ago Sedrick Ellis was given the unenviable task of replacing Mike Patterson, who was one of the most dominant defensive tackles in the history of USC. Two years later Ellis is a projected top-10 draft pick and the same burden falls on the broad shoulders of Redshirt Sophomore Averell Spicer.

Spicer is built in nearly the same mold as Ellis, and shares the same desire to prove doubters wrong - a desire that vaulted Ellis into the pantheon of great USC nose tackles.

"I need to be on top of my game because this year is supposed to be my year," Spicer said after a voluntary workout on Howard Jones Field. "I've been waiting a long time and now I'll get an opportunity to be a starter, so I need to do all I can so I can make the most of that opportunity."

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