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Smith and Lobendahn will return in 2018

The Trojans got some good news on Wednesday with the announcements from senior LB Cameron Smith and OL Toa Lobendahn that they would be returning for their final year of eligibility at USC.

Smith is a returning captain, three-year starter and two-time leading tackler in addition to earning first-team all-conference honors last year while notching 112 tackles and 11 TFL. The return of Smith is considered critical for the USC defense to have the signal-caller back, and the most dependable player game in and game out.

Lobendahn will likely return to the center spot next fall, although he could get a look at guard as well, after making 34 starts so far in his career at four different spots. With the Trojans breaking in a new quarterback, the veteran presence of Toa will be a big help along the offensive line.