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CAREER: He has 84 tackles, including 6.5 for losses (with 3 sacks), with 2 fumble recoveries and 2 deflections in his career. He has 8 career starts.
2014: The experienced Sarao will be in the mix for a starting inside linebacker job as a junior in 2014.
2013: After serving as an often-used linebacker and special teams players during the first half of his 2013 sophomore season, Sarao moved into the starting lineup for the final 7 games (Utah, Oregon State, California, Stanford, Colorado, UCLA, Fresno State) and did a commendable job. Overall in 2013 while appearing in all 14 games, he had 44 tackles, including 2.5 for losses of 9 yards, plus a deflection, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble.
He had a tackle at Hawaii, then 2 tackles each against Boston College and Arizona. He then had 9 tackles (0.5 for a loss) and recovered a fumble while starting against Utah. He had a tackle at Oregon State, 2 tackles at California, then a game-best 12 tackles (1 for a loss) and forced a fumble against Stanford. He had 3 tackles (1 for a loss) at Colorado and added 8 tackles against UCLA. He had 4 tackles and a deflection against Fresno State.
2012: Sarao was an often-used backup at weakside linebacker and played on special teams as a redshirt freshman in 2012. Overall in 2012 while appearing in all 13 games (he even started against Hawaii), he had 40 tackles, including 4 for losses of 38 yards (with 3 sacks for minus 34 yards), plus he had a deflection and a fumble recovery.
He had 4 tackles (with a sack) against Hawaii, 1 tackle against Syracuse and California, 3 tackles and a deflection at Utah and 4 tackles at Washington. He had a game-best 9 tackles (0.5 for a loss) against Colorado. He had 3 tackles against Oregon, 5 tackles (with a sack) and a fumble recovery against Arizona State, 6 tackles (with a sack) at UCLA and 2 tackles against Notre Dame. He had 2 tackles (0.5 for loss) against Georgia Tech
2011: Sarao redshirted as a freshman linebacker in 2011, his first year at USC. He won USC's Defensive Service Team Player of the Year Award.
HIGH SCHOOL: His 2010 honors included Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, U.S. Army All-American, U.S. Under-19 National Team, Super Prep All-Northeast, Newark Star-Ledger All-Non Public second team and Newark Star-Ledger All-South Jersey second team as a senior linebacker at Holy Spirit High in Absecon (N.J.). He had 79 tackles, with 7.5 sacks, in 2010. Holy Spirit went 12-0 and won the New Jersey Non-Public III state title in 2010.
As a junior in 2009, he made Newark Star-Ledger All-Non Public second team and Newark Star-Ledger All-South Jersey first team as he had 123 tackles, with 11 sacks, and 2 blocked punts.
PERSONAL: He is a policy, planning and development major at USC.
GAME-BY-GAME WITH ANTHONY SARAO