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    BarNone

    BarNone Junior Member


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    There seem to be many posters who don’t think much of him. I recall the staff gushing over him as a freshman with his football IQ. He’s a technician whose battlesd injuries and has moved around allowing USC to play the 5 best offensive lineman. Now he’s predicated as an all conference player and has been named captain.

    He’s no relative or friend of mine since we’ve never met but I think it’s time all Trojan fans give this young man his due.

    Fight on, Tao, and thank you
     
       
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    He's been making up for his snapping issues and doesn't seem to have gotten out right beaten. It seems like the rust is off, so he should be able to live up to his upside. Hopefully.
     
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    The coaches love him because of his football IQ and his toughness. I wish him nothing but the best this year. If he stays healthy, he will be s force in the middle.
     
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    You want people to “give him his due”.....then you promptly call him “Tao”

    LOL!

    Toa is an excellent lineman.....just sidetracked by injuries and forced position changes. I think the experience and maturity will pay off this season. Looking for big leadership from him!
     
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    Not sure if SC fans would want another Asian on the team. They still got PTSD from Brandon Ting.
     
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    Toa single handedly destroys the Oline chemistry by always getting hurt. He is not reliable!!! He is named a starter and takes 1st team reps only to get a season injury. That leaves a reserve to play catch up and for the Oline to start over and gel. Toa should bea sub!!!
     
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    I’m not a big fan of the ting brothers but you have to blame the entire defense and give credit to Vince Young. He tore up the entire defense.
     
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    I’m sure everyone will give him his due once he earns it by dominating all season
     
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    Love Toa. He has been a class act the whole way and a player who has always exemplified fight on. I hope he has a huge year and that he stays involved with the program after he's gone.
     
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    what? is this your brain droppings?
     
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    Say what? Toa started 13 of 14 games in 2017 and all 13 games his freshman year. To say he's always hurt and destabilizes the O-line is inaccurate. He had the one season ending knee injury against Bama and I believe a staph infection last season where he missed a game. Other than that he's been contributing and relatively healthy. I wouldn't say he's been dominating by any means but he's been in there playing hard. I wish he was playing at 310lbs but that's not going to happen at USC. He's a good leader and mentor. That's important.
     
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    Toa was too short to play tackle, I think we will make a great center. He is very wide
     
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    There's been a lot of effort to try and define Toa this offseason (what he's been vs. what he can be vs. what he should be). The consensus IMO is that he came in highly touted, showed tons of potential and performed well his Fr. year, got moved around and was exposed at times, got injured...and is trying to end his career at SC at Center with a strong season.

    Is Dedich better, would it have been better to leave Toa at Center and find another Tackle, does his body-type limit him to Center, will he clean up the snaps, can he pull, can he stay healthy...?

    I'll leave that up to Drevno and what I see on the field.

    Does he model leadership, great attitude, teamplayer and all that...absolutely! A true Trojan thru & thru!
     
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    Look out behind you Toa. Brett Neilon pulls and PANCAKED Hunter Echols coming off the edge. That's IMPRESSIVE! Brett pushing for playing time. Look out, baby!
     
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    I'm totally pulling for To a to have a great season. He is a great Trojan for showing us all what you do when you get knocked down by an injury (or anything in life). You Fight On like To a has. He is one tough and courageous kid.
     
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    It’s not a good thing when your peak season was your freshman year.

    Something is going to have to change for him to play well. He constantly looked weak to me last year at the point of attack. Getting physically dominated. I really hope he pulls it together this season.

    He does have a lot of football knowledge and the young guys look up to him.
     

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