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    Shaun Cody
    Shaun Cody

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Hacienda, Calif.

    High School:
    Los Altos HS

    Height / Weight:
    6-4 / 295

    Position:
    DE-DT

    Birthdate:
    01/22/1983

    Experience:
    3V

    2004: Cody, an All-American candidate who is one of the nation's premier defensive linemen, returns for his fourth season as a starter as a senior in 2004. In the spring of 2004, he moved to end (the position he originally played at USC) after spending the previous 3 years at tackle. He was named to the prestigious 2004 Playboy Pre-Season All-American team.

    2003: Cody started for his third season as a junior defensive tackle in 2003. Overall in 2003 while starting all 13 games, he had 26 tackles, including 10.5 for losses of 55 yards (with 6 sacks for 43 yards), plus a forced fumble, a deflection and 3 blocked field goals. He was named to the 2003 AP All-American third team and the All-Pac-10 first team, as well as the Collegefootballnews.com All-Pac-10 first team. He had 4 tackles at Arizona State (2.5 were sacks), 3 against Auburn, Oregon State (with a blocked field goal), California (with the blocked field goal), Washington State (with the forced fumble, which set up a USC TD) and Michigan (with a blocked field goal). He missed 2003 spring practice while recovering from a knee injury that cut short his 2002 campaign.

    2002: As just a sophomore in 2002, Cody started for his second season at defensive tackle and was regarded among the nation's top defensive linemen (he also could play end). However, he tore ligaments in his right knee against California, which required surgery and forced him out the rest of the 2002 season. Overall in 2002 while starting USC's first 6 games, he had 20 tackles, including 1 for a loss of 1 yard, a deflection, fumble recovery (against Oregon State to set up a TD) and blocked field goal (at Kansas State). He had 5 tackles at Kansas State and Washington State and 4 stops at Colorado. Despite playing only the first half of the season, he was named 2002 All-Pac-10 honorable mention.

    2001: Cody came to USC as a heralded prepster and he didn't disappoint as a freshman in 2001. After serving as a backup defensive lineman for USC's first 4 games, he started the last 8 at tackle. He made the 2001 Football Writers Freshman All-American first team, The Sporting News Freshman All-American first team, Football News Freshman All-American first team, The Sporting News Freshman All-Pac-10 first team and All-Pac-10 honorable mention squad. He began the year as an end, but was moved to tackle after the second contest. Overall in 2001 while appearing in all 12 games, he had 39 tackles, including 7 for losses of 33 yards (with 5 sacks for 26 yards, second most sacks on USC), and 1 fumble recovery, plus on special teams he returned a short kickoff for 22 yards. He had a game-high 8 tackles (including 3 for losses, with 2 sacks; both were game bests) and recovered a fumble against UCLA, 6 tackles at Notre Dame (2 were sacks), 5 at Washington and California, 4 against Oregon State and Utah and 3 versus Stanford.

    HIGH SCHOOL: His 2000 honors included USA Today All-USA first team Defensive MVP, Parade All-American, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Student Sports Senior All-American, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Dream Team, Student Sports Top 100, Super Prep All-Farwest Defensive Player of the Year, Prep Star All-Western Region Super 30 Defensive MVP, Long Beach Press-Telegram first team (unanimous pick), Las Vegas Sun Super 11 first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, All-CIF Southern Section first team, All-CIF Division VII Defensive MVP, Los Angeles Times All-San Gabriel Valley MVP and All-Miramonte League MVP as a senior at Los Altos High in Hacienda Heights (Calif.). He had 105 tackles and 22 sacks as a defensive end in 2000, plus 50 receptions for 850 yards (17.0 avg.) and 15 TDs and 45 carries for 327 yards (7.3 avg.) with 10 TDs as a tight end and fullback on offense. Los Altos went 14-0 in 2000 and won its second consecutive CIF Division VII championship.

    As a 1999 junior, he received Cal-Hi Sports All-State second team, All-CIF Southern Section first team, All-CIF Division VII Defensive MVP and Los Angeles Times All-San Gabriel Valley Defensive MVP honors. He had 150 tackles, 51 tackles for losses, 35 sacks, 10 deflections and 10 forced fumbles in 1999, plus 271 receiving yards on 15 catches (19.1 avg.) with 2 scores on offense. Los Altos won the 1999 CIF Division VII title.

    He also played basketball at Los Altos. He spent his freshman year at Damien High in La Verne (Calif.).

    PERSONAL: He's a sociology major at USC. Tattooed on his right biceps is "SC," which stands both for his initials and his university.

    SHAUN CODY ON: Playing defensive line: "Every play is a war. You're in the trenches. You've got to play hard because every play is a battle...Because of my size, it's all in the mentality. I've got to be tough in there."

    Playing tackle versus end: "It's basically the same thing. Actually, it's a little easier, a little less responsibility, at tackle. On the outside, you have a little more freedom, a little more room to make plays. But you can make plays inside, too...Tackle is fun. My younger brother played tackle and I used to dog him all the time, saying, 'Oh, you just take up blocks.' But there is more to it than that. You've got to be mentally and physically strong. It's a battle...The best thing for me is knowing how to play both positions. It doesn't hurt...I think I play the run better now. I'm bigger, but I can still move."

    His style of play: "Relentless. That's what people say about me. I might not get you the first time or the second time, but I don't stop. I keep after it. I've always thought, 'Why stop until the whistle is blown?' It's my mentality to go get the ball."

    His "SC" tattoo: "When I signed my letter of intent, I got the tattoo. I had thought about it for a while. I thought about the double meaning, how 'SC' also can mean Shaun Cody and all that. But the tattoo also looks like the school logo, so that kind of gives away the true meaning."

    His early allegiance: "I hate to admit it, but I grew up following Notre Dame. My dad loved them, too, but he's changed. He is a 'Fight On' Trojan now."

    WHAT OTHERS SAY: USC defensive line coach Ed Orgeron: "He's the kind of player you build around. He has savvy, maturity. And he's so down to earth. We always knew he could rush the quarterback, but he impressed us with the way he played the run. He can do whatever we need him to do...He is the key. What a difference he makes...The thing about Shaun is he makes everyone around him so much better." Former 2-time All-American USC safety Troy Polamalu: "He's awesome. It's amazing how a defensive lineman is always around the ball."

    Former USC cornerback Kris Richard: "The sky's the limit for him. It's evident he has the knack to make big plays. He's fast and he's physical."

    Former USC defensive tackle Ryan Nielsen: "He is so mature and he has so much talent."


    TACLS/YDSDFLFRKORYDSAVGTDLG
    2001 (Fr.),... 39 7/33 01 12222.0022
    2002 (So.),... 20 1/1 2#1 0 00.000
    2003 (Jr.),... 2610.5/55 4##0 0 00.000
    CAREER,...,.... 8518.5/89 6###2 12222.0022

    #Includes 1 blocked field goal
    ##Includes 3 blocked field goals
    ###Includes 4 blocked field goals

    GAME-BY-GAME WITH SHAUN CODY

    2003


    TACLS/YDSDFLFR
    Auburn* 31.5/7 10
    California* 31.5/5 1#0
    Arizona State* 42.5/21 00
    Notre Dame* 2 0/0 00
    Washington* 2 1/6 00
    Wash. State* 3 2/9 00
    Arizona* 1 0/0 00
    UCLA* 21.5/5 00
    Oregon State* 30.5/2 1#0
    Mich. (Rose)* 3 0/0 1#0
    2003 (Jr.),...2610.5/55 4##0

    #Includes 1 blocked field goal
    ##Includes 3 blocked field goals

    2002


    TACLS/YDSDFLFR
    Auburn* 2 0/000
    Colorado* 4 0/000
    Kansas State* 5 0/01#0
    Oregon State* 0 0/001
    Wash. State* 4 0/010
    California* 5 1/100
    2002 (So.),...20 1/12#1

    #Includes 1 blocked field goal

    2001


    TACLS/YDSDFLFR
    San Jose St. 1 0/000
    Stanford 3 0/000
    Washington* 5 1/100
    Arizona State* 1 0/000
    Notre Dame* 6 2/1000
    Arizona* 2 1/1000
    Oregon State* 4 0/000
    California* 5 0/000
    UCLA* 3 3/1201
    Utah (Vegas)* 4 0/000
    2001 (Fr.),...39 7/3301

    *Starter