Redshirt freshman Jabari Ruffin started one game and played in all but one game for USC in 2013.
By the numbers: 22 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble
What went right: Ruffin saw his first action as a college football player by starting against Hawaii in place of the injured Morgan Breslin. He logged three tackles in the win and made a good acquittal of himself standing in for one of USC’s best players.
While he didn’t earn another start, he was a regular contributor for most of the season in the defensive rotation.
Ruffin made his biggest contribution against Utah, sacking and stripping Travis Wilson late in the first quarter. The change of possession led to a Trojan field goal.
What went wrong: Despite the early start, Ruffin couldn’t hold off J.R. Tavai, whose breakout season got in the way of any major impact the younger player could have had.
As the season wore on and USC used less and less defensive subs, Ruffin’s playing time dwindled.
What’s next: As an edge rusher, Ruffin will have a shot to fill the void left by departing senior sack leader Devon Kennard. Like many young players, he will be expected to add strength over the offseason.
Final Grade: C
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