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Former USC 'backers standing out

Led by Cushing, USC linebacking quartet making strong first-year impressions in NFL

Originally Published: December 1, 2009
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Better noted historically for producing offensive linemen and skill-position players in the NFL draft, the Southern California football program probably will never be known as "Linebacker U," the celebrated handle long ago awarded Penn State.

But given the early results of the 2009 draft, which included four former USC linebackers, including two in the first round, NFL talent evaluators could make the Trojans' campus a must-stop from now on when assessing linebacker prospects.

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