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CAREER: He has 158 tackles, including 7.5 for losses (with 4 sacks), with 2 fumble recoveries, a forced fumble, 5 deflections and 2 interceptions (with a TD) in his career. He has 21 career starts.
2015: The steady Sarao returns for his third year as a starting inside linebacker as a senior in 2015. He missed 2015 spring practice with a fractured foot.
2014: Sarao started all 13 games at inside linebacker as a junior in 2014, his second season as a starter. Overall in 2014, he had 74 tackles (with a sack), 3 deflections and 2 interceptions (with 1 TD). He won USC's Co-Lifter of the Year Award.
He had a tackle and an interception against Fresno State, a game-high 11 tackles at Stanford, 5 stops at Boston College, 4 tackles and a deflection against Oregon State, 5 tackles and a deflection against Arizona State and 3 tackles at Arizona. He had a game-best 12 tackles against Colorado, 8 tackles at Utah, 5 tackles at Washington State and 8 tackles against California. He returned an interception 17 yards for a TD on UCLA's second play of the game and he also had 3 tackles and a deflection, then added 5 tackles against Notre Dame. He had 4 tackles with a sack against Nebraska.
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 received his bachelor’s degree in policy, planning and development major at USC in the spring of 2015 and is working towards a master’s degree in sociology.
GAME-BY-GAME WITH ANTHONY SARAO