2013 USC Football Player Report Card: LB Anthony Sarao

Redshirt sophomore Anthony Sarao started the final six games of 2013 in place of the injured Lamar Dawson.

By the numbers: 44 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble

What went right: In his first start of the season against Utah, Sarao proved that he could be a major contributor for the Trojans in 2013. He logged nine tackles and recovered a fumble, which resulted in a second quarter field goal.

However, it was his performance versus Stanford which solidified his season as a success. Leading the team with 12 tackles, including a tackle for loss and forced fumble on the final play of the game, Sarao was instrumental in the outstanding defensive performance.

What went wrong: Despite pushing for playing time in the offseason, Sarao lost the battle for the starting position to Dawson and was only marginally involved in the first half of the season.

What’s next: Sarao enters 2014 with plenty of momentum, but he’ll have to prove that he can compete with Dawson, who will be returning from a major knee injury, for the starting position.

Final Grade: B+

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