2005: Rucker, the veteran on USC's defensive front, returns for his second season as a starting defensive end as a senior in 2005. He had toe surgery prior to 2005 spring practice and sat out spring drills.
2004: Rucker started all but 1 game (Arizona) at defensive end as a junior in 2003 and was very productive. Overall in 2004 while appearing in all 13 games, he had 29 tackles, including 7.5 for losses of 32 yards (with 2.5 sacks for 15 yards), plus 2 deflections and 1 fumble recovery. He had 6 tackles against California and 3 versus Washington (including 2 for losses, plus he had a forced fumble and a fumble recovery that set up a field goal) and Notre Dame. He missed some of 2004 spring practice because of a sprained toe on his left foot that required surgery (that injury bothered him throughout the 2004 season).
2003: After sitting out the 2002 season following his transfer, Rucker began his 2003 sophomore year as a backup defensive end behind Omar Nazel as a sophomore in 2003, but emerged as a starter for 5 late games (Washington, Arizona, UCLA, Oregon State and Michigan) when Nazel was injured. He was switched to defensive end from linebacker in 2003 spring drills. Overall in 2003 while appearing in all 13 games, he had 26 tackles, including 4 for losses of 21 yards (with 1.5 sacks for 9 yards), plus an interception (which he returned 2 yards), a deflection, a forced fumble and 2 fumble recoveries. He had 8 tackles at Washington and 6 against BYU. His interception was against Hawaii (setting up a USC TD), while his fumble recoveries were versus Notre Dame and Washington State (to set up a USC TD).
2002: Rucker transferred to USC from Colorado State in the fall of 2002 as a redshirt freshman linebacker and had to sit out the 2002 season because of NCAA transfer rules.
COLORADO STATE: He redshirted as a first-year freshman outside linebacker at Colorado State in 2001.
HIGH SCHOOL: He was named to the 2000 All-CIF Division VI first team (as a running back), Orange County Register All-Orange County second team (as a linebacker) and All-Golden West League MVP as a senior at Tustin (Calif.) High. Current Trojans Sam Baker and Chris Barrett also prepped at Tustin.
PERSONAL: He's a sociology major at USC.
FROSTEE RUCKER ON:
His lighthearted nature: "People think I'm not serious and I do like to joke around, but it's serious when I'm on the field. Everyone who knows me knows I'm serious about playing. Otherwise, I like to have a ton of laughs."
GAME-BY-GAME WITH FROSTEE RUCKER