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Trojans' defense respects but doesn't fear Illini attack

Updated: December 31, 2007, 12:45 PM ET
By Bruce Feldman | ESPN The Magazine

LOS ANGELES -- At USC, some great players set records. Other Trojans standouts win trophies. Sedrick Ellis, the powerhouse nose tackle, though, is responsible for a different kind of hardware.

The 6-foot-1, 305-pound senior has grown so strong that the Trojans had to buy a set of 200-pound dumbbells for their weight room just to accommodate him. "Before, the heaviest we had were 160s," said Chris Carlisle, the Trojans' strength coach, who adds that Ellis can ...

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