by Greg Katz
LOS ANGELES — For true freshman inside linebacker Cameron Smith, starting last Saturday night in the USC Trojans season-opening 55-6 rout of Arkansas State in the storied Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum more than lived up to the excitement, dreams and his own expectations.
Smith, 6-foot-2 and 245 pounds of aggression and intelligence, heavily contributed to a Trojans defense that held the Red Wolves in check, but for No. 35 the wonderment of starting as a true freshman was a lifetime memory.
“It was awesome, a great experience, and it was a lot of fun,” said Smith, one of the last Trojans to leave the locker room late Saturday night. “I really enjoyed it.”