Great addition. Big, strong guy. Powerful. Driving force. Consummate pro.
Stevie Tu'ikolovatu has been called many things by the USC coaching staff and players with head coach Clay Helton going so far as to say he thanks God for sending Tu'ikolovatu every night when he prays.
He's been one of the driving forces in the middle of the defense, constantly pushing the center into the backfield or requiring a double team from the opposition, but after the Utah State game, Tu'ikolovatu graded his performance a 'B.' He had to watch the tape to know for sure, but after review, he was only willing to bump himself up to a 'B+.'
The Trojans will need his 'A' game against Stanford's physical rushing attack this weekend in Palo Alto. Tu'ikolovatu knows what to expect, including soreness the day after the game, but he's trying to get his younger, inexperienced teammates to buy in to the game plan and be prepared for the Cardinal.
"Just trying to get everybody in the mindset that it's going to be a physical game. You're going to be sore. If you don't do it...somebody's got to do it."
Tu'ikolovatu called this a potential redemption game for USC after the season-opening blowout loss to Alabama.
"I feel that players are taking this game a lot more serious and knowing that we are beatable and trying to eliminate the mistakes. Try to buckle down on things and just do their job."
Watch Stevie Tu'ikolovatu talk about the physicality of the upcoming Stanford matchup as well preparing for the Cardinal pulling linemen and his backup Josh Fatu.
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