Fangupo, who was off to a promising start in 2009 before getting injured, will battle for playing time at defensive tackle as a junior in 2010. He'll likely miss 2010 spring drills while recovering from a 2009 ankle injury.
Fangupo, who transferred to USC in the fall of 2009 from a junior college, was a backup defensive tackle as a junior in 2009. But he broke his left ankle against Washington State and was sidelined for USC's last 9 games. Overall in 2009 while appearing in 3 games (San Jose State, Washington, Washington State), he made 2 tackles, with 0.5 for a loss. He had 1 tackle against San Jose State and 1 (with 0.5 for a loss) against Washington State. Because of the early-season injury, he was allowed to redshirt.
His 2008 honors included Super Prep JUCO 100 and All-Central Conference second team as a sophomore defensive tackle at Mt. San Antonio Junior College in Walnut (Calif.). He had 47 tackles, 15 tackles for a loss, 6 sacks, 1 deflection, 2 fumble recoveries and 2 forced fumbles in 2008. Mt. San Antonio played in its second consecutive state championship game in 2008.
As a freshman in 2007, he made All-Mission Conference first team while making 24 tackles and 2 sacks as Mt. San Antonio played in the state championship game. Fellow Trojan Jacob Harfman also attended Mt. San Antonio.
He prepped at Century High in Santa Ana (Calif.), where he made the 2003 All-CIF Division IX first team as a senior. He then went on a Mormon mission.
He's a sociology major at USC with a B- average (2.81 GPA). He spent part of his youth in Tonga. His nickname is "Loni" (pronounced LOW-nee).
HEBRON FANGUPO ON: Coming to USC: "(When visiting a USC practice while in junior college) I went up to (then defensive coordinator) Nick Holt and I told him that when (future NFL defensive lineman) Fili Moala leaves, I want to be the one to come in and replace him. I think he thought I was joking. He just laughed and walked away, but I grabbed him by the arm and looked him in the eye and said, 'I really want to play here and I know I can play here.'"
His persona: "I don't know what I am. I'm new. I'm old. But I'm also still a little young buck because everything is new to me. But then again, there's a lot of people here I share experiences with."
WHAT OTHERS SAY: USC defensive end Wes Horton: "He's a big, solid guy. He's huge, so once he starts really coming after guys physically, no one will be able to block him. He's still young in the system and he's definitely going to be a force to be reckoned with in the future."
GAME-BY-GAME WITH HEBRON FANGUPO
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