Weston Dacus started the season opener last year. He's back in the starting lineup for the second game this season. He doesn't want it be a one-game stay this time.
"I didn't hold the spot long last year," Dacus said. "I don't plan to do that again. I plan to do what I can to keep it this time."
Dacus performed so solidly in all three linebacker spots that Reggie Herring has moved him ahead of Desmond Sims at middle linebacker.
"Coach Herring called me in on Sunday and said I was moving up," Dacus said. "He said I played well enough to get a starting job. "
Dacus missed two weeks of fall camp with a high ankle sprain, but said that he felt fine until the end of the game against Southern Cal.
"I got winded, but I didn't lose my legs," he said. "If you are out of shape, your legs go dead. Mine were okay.
"I'm sure I'll get better as far as conditioning, but I'm not far off."
Dacus said he likes middle linebacker the best, but he did well at strongside linebacker and weakside linebacker, too.
"You always hold a carrot out there and try to get people to play better," Herring said, although it wasn't clear if he was holding the carrot to Dacus or Sims.
"Right now, we'll go with Weston. But we are going to play both and try to keep our middle linebacker fresh. We'll see who plays the best."
Weston Dacus Earns Start
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