2016: Tucker will battle for more starting opportunities at inside linebacker as a junior in 2016.
2015: Tucker served as a backup inside linebacker as a sophomore in 2015 before becoming a starter late in the season. Overall in 2015 while appearing in 8 games (Arkansas State, Idaho, Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon, UCLA and Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship Game) and starting 3 times (versus Oregon, Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship Game and Wisconsin), he had 40 tackles, including 3.5 for losses of 22 yards (with 2.5 sacks for minus 21 yards).
He had 1 tackle against Arkansas State, 3 versus Idaho, 1 at Arizona State, 4 at Colorado, a team-best 9 at Oregon (with 2.5 for losses, with 1.5 sacks), 4 against UCLA (with a sack), a game-high 13 tackles against Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship Game and 5 stops versus Wisconsin.
2014: Tucker was a backup inside linebacker as a first-year freshman in 2014. Overall in 2014 while appearing in 7 games (all but Stanford, Utah, California, UCLA, Notre Dame), he made 3 tackles (1 each against Fresno State, Colorado and Washington State).
HIGH SCHOOL: He made 2013 Prep Star All-American, Max Preps All-American Medium Schools second team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Max Preps All-State Division II first team, All-CIF Western Division, South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay Defensive Player of the Year, Wave Newspapers All-West Region and All-Mission League Defensive Player of the Year as a senior linebacker at Serra High in Gardena (Calif.). He had 117 tackles, including 25 for losses (with 12 sacks), plus 7 interceptions, 7 deflections, 4 fumble recoveries and 2 forced fumbles in 2013.
As a 2012 junior, he made All-Mission League second team while getting 68 tackles, including 10 for losses (with 5 sacks), 7 deflections and 2 forced fumbles.
As a sophomore in 2011, he had 30 tackles, including 5 for losses (with 4 sacks), plus 2 interceptions.
He also played basketball at Serra. Current Trojans Jalen Greene, Adoree’ Jackson, Jalen Jones, Rasheem Green, John Houston Jr., Deontay Burnett, Caleb Wilson, Oluwole Betiku and C.J. Pollard also prepped at Serra.
PERSONAL: He is an international relations (global business) major at USC. His nickname is Boodah. His brother, Tim, played fullback and linebacker at Washington in 2010 and 2011.
GAME-BY-GAME WITH OLAJUWON TUCKER