Eleven athletes deliver posters and smiles to Children's Hospital LA.
Spring ball begins March 5.
Lee caught just five passes for 75 yards, yet still broke the Pac-12 single-season receptions record established last year by teammate Robert Woods, who had seven catches for 92 yards.
Trojans get 5 turnovers, including 2 picks by Scott Starr.
CAREER: In his career, he has 144 yards on 22 carries (6.5 avg) with 2 TDs, 17 receptions for 124 yards (7.3 avg) with 1 TD, 2 punt returns for 16 yards (8.0 avg), 25 tackles and 3 blocked punts (with 1 for a safety). He has 9 career starts.
2015: Vainuku will see the field often at fullback and as an impact maker on various special teams as a senior in 2015.
2014: Vainuku saw key action at fullback and on special teams as a junior in 2014. Overall in 2014 while appearing in 10 games (all but Colorado, Utah, Washington State) and starting twice (Stanford, Boston College), he had 7 carries for 40 yards (5.7 avg) with 1 TD, along with 6 tackles. He strained his hamstring at Arizona and missed the next 3 games (Colorado, Utah, Washington State). He was slowed in 2014 spring practice with a knee injury.
He had 24 yards on 2 carries, including an 11-yard TD, and a tackle against Fresno State. He then ran 2 times for 5 yards at Stanford, had an 11-yard run at Boston College and had a carry for no yards and 2 tackles on special teams against Oregon State. He had a tackle against California, 1 carry for no yards at UCLA and a tackle against Notre Dame.
2013: Vainuku played often at fullback as a sophomore in 2013, but he really made his mark on special teams. Overall in 2013 while appearing in all 14 games and starting 3 times (California, Stanford, UCLA), he had 78 yards on 8 carries (9.8 avg) with 1 TD, plus 9 receptions for 74 yards (8.2 avg) with 1 TD, 2 punt returns for 16 yards (8.0 avg), 13 tackles and 3 blocked punts with a safety. He made the 2013 All-Pac-12 first team (as a special teams player). He was named USC's Special Teams Player of the Year.
He had 2 tackles on special teams at Hawaii and 1 tackle against Washington State. He had a 14-yard reception and a tackle against Boston College and Vainuku a 2-yard catch at Arizona State. He had a tackle and blocked a punt against Arizona. He had 2 catches for 16 yards at Notre Dame and 2 tackles each against Utah and Oregon State. He caught a 15-yard pass, made a tackle and blocked a punt that was returned for a TD (he was credited with a 3-yard punt return) at California. He caught 2 passes for 16 yards, including a 1-yard TD, and he made a tackle against Stanford. He blocked a punt out of the end zone for a safety (it counted as a 13-yard punt return), made a tackle on a kickoff, ran for a career-best 70 yards on 5 carries (with a 52-yard TD, the first rushing TD of his career) and caught 2 passes for 11 yards at Colorado. He ran for 8 yards on 3 carries and had a tackle against Fresno State.
2012: Vainuku started at fullback and played on special teams as a redshirt freshman in 2012. Overall in 2012 while appearing in all 13 games and starting 4 times (Syracuse, California, Washington, Notre Dame), he had 7 carries for 26 yards (3.7 avg.), caught 8 passes for 50 yards (6.2 avg.) and made 6 tackles.
He had 2 catches for 23 yards and a tackle against Hawaii, then had a 6-yard catch, a run for 0 yards and 2 tackles at Syracuse. He had 6 yards on 2 carries at Stanford, had 10 yards on 2 carries and added a tackle against California, had 2 catches for 3 yards at Utah, had a 5-yard catch at Washington and had a 3-yard catch at Arizona. He had 10 yards on 2 carries, plus a tackle, against Oregon, then had a tackle against Arizona State and had a 10-yard catch against Notre Dame.
2011: Vainuku, who enrolled at USC in the spring of 2011 after graduating a semester early from high school, redshirted as a freshman fullback in 2011, his first year at USC.
HIGH SCHOOL: He originally signed with USC in February of 2010, but did not qualify for admission, so he returned to Eureka (Calif.) High but did not play football in 2010.
His 2009 honors included Super Prep All-Farwest, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Medium Schools first team and All-Humboldt-Del Norte Big Four League first team as a senior linebacker and fullback at Eureka. He had 2,202 yards on 252 carries (8.7 avg.) with 38 TDs on offense and 14 tackles, 1 interception and 1 forced fumbled on defense in 2009. Eureka won the 2009 CIF North Coast Division II title.
As a junior in 2008, he had 800 rushing yards with 14 TDs on offense and 34 tackles, 1 interception and 1 forced fumble on defense.
As a sophomore in 2007, he had 1,500 rushing yards with 27 TDs.
PERSONAL: He is a sociology major at USC. His father was a rugby star in Tonga. His cousin is former USC All-American (2005-08) and current Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga.
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GAME-BY-GAME WITH SOMA VAINUKU
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