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    Soma Vainuku
    Soma Vainuku

    Class:
    RS Junior

    Hometown:
    Eureka, CA

    High School:
    Eureka HS

    Height / Weight:
    6-0 / 270

    Position:
    FB

    Birthdate:
    05/28/1992

    Experience:
    2V

    10/16/2013

    Football Provides a Force of Hope

    Eleven athletes deliver posters and smiles to Children's Hospital LA.

    03/01/2013

    2013 USC Spring Football Outlook

    Spring ball begins March 5.

    11/24/2012

    USC Falls to No. 1 Notre Dame, 22-13

    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.

    08/19/2012

    Defense Dominates USC's Second Intrasquad Scrimmage

    Trojans get 5 turnovers, including 2 picks by Scott Starr.

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    CAREER: In his career, he has 104 yards on 15 carries (6.9 avg) with 1 TD, 17 receptions for 124 yards (7.3 avg) with 1 TD, 2 punt returns for 16 yards (8.0 avg), 19 tackles and 3 blocked punts (with 1 for a safety). He has 7 career starts.

    2014: Vainuku returns as an experienced fullback as a junior in 2014 and also will look to continue his game-changing impact as a special teams performer. He was slowed in 2014 spring practice with a knee injury.

    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.

    TCB YDS AVG TD LG REC YDS AVG TD LG
    2012 (Fr.)... 7 26 3.7 0 11 8 50 6.2 0 16
    2013 (So.)... 8 78 9.8 1 52 9 74 8.2 1 15
    CAREER... 15 104 6.9 1 63 17 124 7.3 1 31

    TAC LS/YDS DFL FR PR YDS AVG TD LG
    2012 (Fr.)... 6 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    2013 (So.)... 13 0/0 3# 0 2## 16 8.0 0 13
    CAREER... 19 0/0 3# 0 2## 16 8.0 0 13

    # includes 3 blocked punts

    ## includes 1 return for a safety

    GAME-BY-GAME WITH SOMA VAINUKU

    2013

    TCB YDS AVG TD LG REC YDS AVG TD LG
    Bost. Coll. 0 0 0 0 0 1 14 14.0 0 14
    Arizona St. 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2.0 0 2
    Notre Dame 0 0 0 0 0 2 16 8.0 0 9
    California* 0 0 0 0 0 1 15 15.0 0 15
    Stanford 0 0 0 0 0 2 16 8.0 1 15
    Colorado 5 70 14.0 1 52 2 11 5.5 0 8
    Fres. St. (LV) 3 8 2.7 0 9 0 0 0.0 0 9
    2013 (So.)... 8 78 9.8 1 52 9 74 8.2 1 15

    TAC LS/YDS DFL FR PR YDS AVG TD LG
    Hawaii* 2 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Wash. St.* 1 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Bost. Coll. 1 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Arizona* 1 0/0 1# 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Utah* 2 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Oregon St.* 2 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    California* 1 0/0 1# 0 1 3 3.0 0 3
    Stanford* 1 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Colorado* 1 0/0 1# 0 1### 13 13.0 0 13
    Fres. St. (LV) 1 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    2013 (So.)... 12 0/0 3## 02###168.0013

    # include 1 blocked punt

    ## includes 3 blocked punts

    ### includes 1 return for a safety

    2012

    TCB YDS AVG TD LG REC YDS AVG TD LG
    Hawaii 0 0 0 0 0 2 23 11.5 0 16
    Syracuse* 1 0 0 0 0 1 6 6 0 6
    Stanford 2 6 3 0 7 0 0 0 0 0
    California* 2 10 5 0 7 0 0 0 0 0
    Utah 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 1.5 0 5
    Washington* 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 5 0 5
    Colorado 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Arizona 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 3 0 3
    Oregon 2 10 5 0 11 0 0 0 0 0
    Arizona St. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    UCLA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Notre Dame* 0 0 0 0 0 1 10 10 0 10
    2012 (Fr.)... 7 26 3.7 0 11 8 50 6.2 0 16

    TAC LS/YDS DFL FR
    2012 (Fr.)... 6 0/0 0 0

    2011

    TAC LS/YDS DFL FR
    Hawaii 1 0/0 0 0
    Syracuse* 2 0/0 0 0
    California* 1 0/0 0 0
    Oregon 1 0/0 0 0
    Arizona St. 1 0/0 0 0
    2012 (Fr.)... 6 0/0 0 0