August 14, 2007

Freshmen of Fall

This is a first quarter look at 10 freshmen making waves during USC's 2007 fall camp. Rankings are based on practice performances and potential contributions to the team this season. Selections are taken from this year's pool of true and redshirt freshmen. These rankings do not directly reflect the opinions of the USC football coaching staff. .


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Camp RankPosHt/WtClass
1Stanley Havili
Salt Lake City (UT) Cottonwood
WR6-1/2302006
As a Trojan: Havili had an above average camp last August, but a year after breaking his leg against Arizona, it doesn't seem fair to compare him to the other freshmen listed. In fact, Havili has been, arguably, the best player in camp regardless of class or position. He can catch, block, run and make big plays from anywhere on the field.


As a Recruit: Havili was named to the Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100, All-State 4A first team and All-Utah Region 6 MVP honors as a senior. He had 2,652 all-purpose yards (including 1,500 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards) and scored 32 TDs in 2005. He was rated the country's No. 3 fullback by Rivals.com.

2David Ausberry
Lemoore (CA) Lemoore
WR6-4/2252006
As a Trojan: At 6-foot-4, 225-pounds, Ausberry is currently listed as USC's No. 3 receiver on the depth chart. Extremely quick for his size, Ausberry has turned raw physical ability into results. Becoming a dominant figure in the Trojans passing attack, Ausberry posts up defenders with ease.


As a Recruit: He was named a 2005 Parade All-American. As a senior wide receiver and defensive back at Lemoore, he had 55 catches for 930 yards (16.9 avg.) with 13 TDs and ran for 489 yards on 46 carries (10.6 avg.) with 13 TDs, adding four interceptions and two fumble recoveries on defense. He was rated the nation No. 5 receiver by Rivals.com.