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    Aaron Graham
    Aaron Graham

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Bakersfield

    High School:
    Bakersfield

    Height / Weight:
    6-1 / 225

    Position:
    LB

    Birthdate:
    06/12/1981

    Experience:
    3V

    2002:
    The capable Graham, who has started 5 times in his career, was expected to serve as a backup weakside linebacker as a senior in 2002. But he suffered a hip injury (right torn labrum) in 2002 fall drills, had arthroscopic surgery and was sidelined for the season (he was able to redshirt).

    2001:
    Graham saw action as a backup middle linebacker and on special teams as a junior in 2001. He even started at middle linebacker against Utah. Overall in 2001 while appearing in 8 games (all but Kansas State, Oregon, Stanford and Washington), he had 11 tackles, including a 1-yard sack. He had 4 tackles against Utah and 3 stops at both Arizona and California.

    2000:
    Graham began his 2000 sophomore season as the backup middle linebacker behind Zeke Moreno and a key special teams player. But when Moreno moved to weakside linebacker (for an injured Markus Steele) for USC's final 4 contests, Graham started in the middle and made quite an impact. Overall in 2000 while appearing in all 12 games, he had 26 tackles, including 2 for losses of 5 yards (with a 2-yard sack), plus 2 deflections and a forced fumble (against Washington State). At Arizona State in his first career start, he had 9 tackles (with a sack), then added 7 stops with a forced fumble against Washington State, 3 tackles and a deflection at UCLA and 4 stops versus Notre Dame.

    1999:
    Graham appeared in 11 games (all but the Hawaii opener) as a reserve linebacker and special teams player as a freshman in 1999, his first year at USC. Overall in 1999, he made 4 tackles and recovered a fumble (at Oregon). He made 2 tackles against Oregon State.

    HIGH SCHOOL:
    He earned 1998 USA Today All-USA honorable mention, Super Prep All-Farwest, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West second team, Orange County Register Fab 15 third team, Las Vegas Sun Super 11 honorable mention, Cal-Hi Sports All-State second team, All-Area Defensive MVP and All-Southeast Yosemite League Defensive MVP as a senior at Bakersfield (Calif.) High. In 1998, he posted 132 tackles, 18 tackles for losses, 2 sacks, 1 interception, 2 deflections, 1 fumble recovery and 1 forced fumble. As a 1997 junior, he was selected to the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass second team, All-Area and All-Southeast Yosemite League Linebacker MVP. He made 134 tackles, including 21 for losses and 2 for sacks, plus recovered a fumble and forced 3 others. Bakersfield was 22-5 (posting 11 shutout wins) and twice was the section runnerup in his last 2 seasons there. He also wrestled at Bakersfield, where he ranked first in California and fifth in the U.S. in the prep heavyweight division. He was the 1998 CIF champion at 215 pounds and placed fourth in the state meet.

    PERSONAL:
    He's an economics major at USC.

    GRAHAM'S STATS
    YEARTACLS/YDSDFLFR
    1999 (Fr.)... 4 0/0 0 1
    2000 (So.)? 26 2/5 2 0
    2001 (Jr.)? 11 1/1 0 0
    CAREER??. 41 3/6 2 0
    GAME-BY-GAME WITH AARON GRAHAM
    2001
    OPPONENTTACLS/YDSDFLFR
    Arizona 3 1/1 0 0
    Oregon State 1 0/0 0 0
    California 3 0/0 0 0
    Utah (Vegas)* 4 0/0 0 0
    2001 (Jr.)? 11 1/1 0 0
    2000
    OPPONENTTACLS/YDSDFLFR
    Oregon 1 0/0 0 0
    California 2 0/0 0 0
    Arizona State* 9 1/2 1 0
    Wash. State* 7 1/3 0 0
    UCLA* 3 0/0 1 0
    Notre Dame* 4 0/0 0 0
    2000 (So.)? 26 2/5 2 0
    1999
    OPPONENTTACLS/YDSDFLFR
    San Diego St. 1 0/0 0 0
    Oregon 1 0/0 0 1
    Oregon State 2 0/0 0 0
    1999 (Fr.)... 4 0/0 0 1
    *Starter