Sarkisian spoke highly of the redshirt senior leader who chose to put of the NFL one more season to return to Troy.
Then, in a more surprising move, Sarkisian went on to talk about defensive lineman and redshirt junior Antwaun Woods.
"I think Antwaun Woods is stepping up in his leadership role," Sarkisian offered, "He's really maturing."
Woods started six games for the Trojans in 2013, playing in 13. He collected 19 tackles, made an 8-yard sack and had one deflection.
Through five spring practice, Woods has anchored the interior defensive line in defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox's multiple-front defense.