Cameron Smith was unavailable when USC went to Oregon last season. Smith tore his anterior cruciate ligament against Colorado the week before the trip.
It was rough for Smith, who had been on his way to becoming the first freshman to lead USC in tackles. Instead of being in the middle of the action, Smith had to watch from home as the Trojans gave 578 total yards at 9.2 yards per play. Smith won't say the outcome would have been different if he would have played. But he is excited to face off with the Ducks this season as the Trojans try to get revenge for last season's 45-25 beating.
"They're going to try to run the ball hard. 21 (Freeman) is a big back and 20 (Brooks-James) is going to work it too," Smith said. "I think you always have to try to stop the run first, but we're going to do our best to play disciplined football and be in our gaps and shut them down. That's the goal."
Watch Cameron Smith, above, talk about the Oregon Ducks offense, including freshman quarterback Justin Herbert, who recently took over the job and who Smith says can make all the throws.
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