Rose Bowl champion Trojans playing seven games at L.A. Coliseum, open Sept. 2.
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CAREER: He has 94 tackles, including 20 for losses (with 11 sacks), plus 4 deflections in his career. He has 15 career starts.
2017: The high-energy Gustin, often a disruptive force in an opponent’s backfield, returns as a starting outside linebacker as a junior in 2017.
2016: Gustin started all season at outside linebacker as a sophomore in 2016 and proved to be a dominant force. Overall in 2016 while starting all 13 games, he had 68 tackles (second on USC), including a team high in tackles for loss (13 for 58 yards), plus he had 5.5 sacks for 42 yards and 4 deflections. He made 2016 Campus Insiders Sophomore All-American honorable mention and All-Pac-12 honorable mention. He won USC’s 2016 John McKay Award (underclassman with the most competitive spirit) and Lifters Award.
He had a game-best 9 tackles against Alabama, then 6 tackles, including 2 for losses (with a sack), against Utah State and 4 tackles at Stanford. He had 13 tackles (1 for loss) at Utah (his home state), 2 tackles (1 for a loss) against Arizona State, 5 tackles and a deflection against Colorado, 3 tackles at Arizona and a tackle against California. He had 4 tackles (1.5 for losses) and 2 deflections against Oregon, then at Washington had 2 sacks among his 5 tackles and he also had a deflection. He had 4 tackles (1 for a loss) at UCLA and 8 tackles (with 1.5 sacks) against Notre Dame. He had 4 tackles (1 for a loss) against Penn State.
2015: Gustin was an often-used outside linebacker as a first-year freshman in 2015. Overall in 2015 while appearing in all 14 games (starting twice, versus UCLA and Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship Game), he had 25 tackles, including 7 for losses of 44 yards (with a team-high 5.5 sacks for minus 38 yards).
He had 3 tackles against Arkansas State, 2 tackles (1 for a loss) against Idaho and 1 tackle (0.5 sack) against Stanford. He had 5 tackles (0.5 sack) against Washington, 2 tackles (with a sack) at Notre Dame and 1 tackle against Utah. He had 2 tackles (with a sack) against Arizona, a tackle at Colorado, 4 tackles (1.5 sacks) at Oregon, 3 tackles (with a sack) against Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship Game and a tackle versus Wisconsin.
HIGH SCHOOL: He made 2014 Parade All-American first team, Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Max Preps All-American first team, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, USA Today All-Utah and All-State first team as a senior linebacker and quarterback at Salem (Ut.) Hills High. He had 152 tackles, with 29 for losses (10.5 sacks), plus 2 interceptions, 2 deflections and a fumble recovery on defense and he completed 212-of-349 passes (60.7%) for 2,864 yards with 22 TDs and 7 interceptions and ran for 891 yards on 92 carries (9.7 avg) with 10 TDs on offense in 2014.
As a junior in 2013, he had 78 tackles, including 17 for losses (with 2 sacks), 2 deflections, a forced fumble and an interception on defense and he completed 63-of-107 passes (58.9%) for 1,273 yards with 13 TDs and 3 interceptions and ran for 260 yards on 41 carries (6.3 avg) with 2 TDs on offense.
He also was on the baseball (pitcher with a 93 mph fastball), basketball and track (javelin throw, best of 184-1, and shot put, best of 52-7 ½ and winning the 2015 regional title; he was third in each event at the 2015 state meet) teams at Salem Hills.
He spent his 2012 sophomore season at Emmett (Id.) High, earning All-4A Southern Idaho Conference first team honors.
PERSONAL: His father, John Gustin, played quarterback at Wyoming (1991-94), while his mother, Scarlett Overly Gustin, and his aunt, Amberli Gustin, were the Gatorade Idaho Girls High School Basketball Players of the Year in 1987 and 1989, respectively (they both played basketball at BYU, Scarlett from 1987 to 1989 and Amberli from 1989-1994).
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