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Rodgers is new center of attention

by Johnny Curren

USC center Khaliel Rodgers had been waiting for his time to come, and when that opportunity finally arrived last Saturday in the first quarter of the Trojans’ eventual 42-24 victory against Utah, he made the most of it.

Sliding into the lineup in place of Toa Lobendahn — who joined Max Tuerk to become the second USC center to go down with a season-ending knee injury this season — the 6-foot-3, 305-pound redshirt-sophomore looked more than at home, helping a patchwork Trojans offensive line that was also without left tackle Chad Wheeler (concussion-like symptoms) come up with a surprisingly solid performance.

“Any time you get your third-string center in there and he goes in there and does what he did, and played extremely well, allowing us to function as an offense, I thought it was great,” said USC interim head coach Clay Helton, who referred to Rodgers as one of the stars of the game.

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Garry Paskwietz

A 1988 graduate of USC with a degree in Sports Information. Worked in sports marketing for LA Lakers and Miller Brewing Company. Began covering the Trojans in 1996 with the Trojan Football Fax. Founded WeAreSC in November 1998 with stints at Scout and ESPN. Emmy-winner while covering high school football at Fox Sports West.

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