2009: The quick will compete to start at defensive end as a junior in 2009.
2008: Griffen was USC's pass rush specialist as a backup defensive end as a sophomore in 2008. Overall while appearing in 12 games in 2008 (all but Washington State) and starting the first 3 games (Viginia, Ohio State and Oregon State), he had 18 tackles, including 6 for losses of 43 yards (with 4.5 sacks for minus 39 yards). He had 3 tackles against Oregon State and California and 2 versus Virginia, Ohio State, Oregon and Stanford (1.5 for losses). He missed the Washington State game because he was sick.
2007: Griffen had an impressive showing as a first-year freshman backup defensive end in 2007, playing primarily in pass rushing situations. Overall in 2007 while appearing in all 13 games, he had 21 tackles, including 5.5 for losses of 30 yards (all were sacks), 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery and 2 deflections. He even started 2 games (the Idaho opener and then Arizona State). He became the first USC true freshman to start an opener on the defensive line since Tim Ryan in 1986 against Illinois and the first true freshman to start on the defensive line since Shaun Cody did so in 2001 against Utah. He was named to the 2007 The Sporting News Freshman All-American first team, Football Writers Freshman All-American first team, Rivals.com Freshman All-American first team, Scout.com Freshman All-American first team and Collegefootballnews.com Freshman All-American second team, plus was The Sporting News Pac-10 Defensive Freshman of the Year and was an All-Pac-10 honorable mention pick.
He had 2 tackles at Nebraska, 1 stop against Washington State, a sack and forced fumble against Arizona, a tackle and deflection at Notre Dame and 2 stops at Oregon. He then had 3.5 sacks among his 6 tackles (with a forced fumble) against Oregon State (it was the most sacks by a Trojan since Tim Ryan had 4 against UCLA in 1989) to earn Rivals.com National Freshman of the Week honors. He had a tackle at California, then 6 tackles (with a sack) and a fumble recovery to set up a USC touchdown at Arizona State. He added a tackle and deflection against Illinois. HIGH SCHOOL: His 2006 honors included Super Prep Player of the Year, Scout.com Player of the Year, Parade All-American, EA Sports All-American first team, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Scout.com All-American, Lemming All-American, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star 100, Rivals.com 100, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Scout.com All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100 and Gatorade Arizona Player of the Year as a senior at Agua Fria High in Avondale (Ariz.). He had 77 tackles, 16 sacks and a fumble recovery as a defensive end and ran for 1,251 yards on 159 carries (7.9 avg.) with 20 TDs and had 6 receptions with 2 TDs as a running back in 2006.
As a junior in 2005, he had 70 tackles, 6 sacks and 3 fumble recoveries, plus ran for 794 yards on 132 carries (6.1 avg.) with 10 TDs and had 168 receiving yards.
PERSONAL: His cousin is former Arizona State tailback Keegan Herring.
GAME-BY-GAME WITH EVERSON GRIFFEN