It was the first play of the game against Oregon State. USC kicked it off, and Trojan fullback Soma Vainuku went barreling down the field, steamrolling over the unassuming Beaver who returned the ball. Ever since, Vainuku has been known as the "Juggernaut."
Vainuku laughs about the nickname saying he doesn't really pay attention to that sort of thing.
Vainuku says his strengths on special teams come from the older players he waches, as well as following the specific game plan set by coach John Baxter.
Vainuku will bring his Juggernaut skills to the Coliseum on Saturday as the Trojans take on their first ranked team of the season, No. 5 Stanford.