(26) ERIC REESE--Tailback, 5-11, 210, Sr.*/Sr.
2001: In the middle of his 2001 senior season, Reese was moved from a reserve cornerback role to a reserve tailback, but saw most of his action on special teams. Overall in 2001 while appearing briefly in 7 games (Kansas State, Oregon, Arizona, Oregon State, California, UCLA and Utah), he ran for 25 yards on 6 carries (4.2 avg.) with a TD and made 2 tackles. He saw his first-ever action at tailback at the end of the California game and responded with those 25 yards on 6 tries (his 15-yard touchdown was the first score of his career).
2000: Reese was a reserve cornerback and special teams player as a junior in 2000. Overall in 2000 while appearing in 9 games (all but Oregon State, UCLA and Notre Dame), he made 4 tackles and returned 1 kickoff for 11 yards (against Colorado). He had 2 tackles versus Oregon.
1999: Reese was a reserve cornerback as a sophomore in 1999. Overall in 1999 while appearing in 6 games (Hawaii, San Diego State, Oregon, Notre Dame, UCLA and Louisiana Tech), he made 4 tackles, including a 6-yard sack. He had 3 tackles (with the sack) at Hawaii. He missed the Oregon State and Arizona games with a sprained ankle suffered in practice.
1998: Reese was a reserve cornerback as a 1998 redshirt freshman, but did not see any action. He was moved from tailback in 1998 fall drills.
1997: Reese redshirted as a freshman tailback in 1997, his first year at USC.
HIGH SCHOOL: He earned 1996 Prep Star All-American, Super Prep All-Farwest, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Small Schools first team, All-CIF Southern Section second team, All-CIF Division X, Los Angeles Times All-South Coast/Southeast, Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team, and All-El Camino Real League MVP as a senior at St. Anthony High in Long Beach (Calif.). He rushed for 2,047 yards on 226 carries (9.1 avg.) with 33 TDs in 1996, plus caught 4 passes for 82 yards (20.5 avg.). He had a pair of 200-yard rushing games in 1996 (229 and 219 yards). He once scored 6 TDs in a game.
As a 1995 junior, he ran for 744 yards (10.0 avg.) with 12 TDs, plus caught 22 passes for 480 yards (21.8 avg.) with 4 TDs.
He ran for 1,072 yards and 25 TDs as a 1994 sophomore. St. Anthony went 22-8 in his 3-year career. He also ran track at St. Anthony, with bests of 10.75 in the 100 meters (he was the 1996 CIF Division X champ) and 21.9 in the 200 meters.
PERSONAL: He's an international relations major at USC. He was married during USC's bye week in the 1999 season; his wife's name is Rebecca. They have a 2-year-old daughter. His sports heroes are Barry Sanders and Emmitt Smith.
ERIC REESE ON: Why he was moved from tailback to cornerback: "I got my chance at running back, but I did some things wrong. I think I worried about things too much which caused me to be timid."
The difference between high school and college football: "The speed. It's a lot faster out here than in high school. Everybody runs pretty well. And the hitting is a lot harder, too."
GAME-BY-GAME WITH ERIC REESE