2004: Cassel will look for playing time as a reliever for the Trojans in his 2004 junior season, his first year with the baseball program.
USC FOOTBALL: Cassel was a member of the 2003 national championship football squad as a tight end, playing in eight games...he started the season as the team's No. 2 quarterback with appearances against Hawaii and Arizona State before being moved to tight end...saw action in 10 games during the 2002 season as a backup quarterback to Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer.
HIGH SCHOOL: He helped Chatsworth (Calif.) High to the Los Angeles city title in his 1999 senior season while hitting .390 with three home runs and 29 RBI as a first baseman.
LITTLE LEAGUE: Cassel played with the 1994 Northridge team in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.
PERSONAL: Majoring in communications...his older brother, Jack, plays in the San Diego Padres organization while his younger brother, Justin, is a pitcher at UC Irvine...likes to jet ski and play ping pong in his spare time...lists Joe Montana as his biggest sports hero...favorite movie is Freddy Vs. Jason...birthdate is May 17, 1982.