Sladek scored her first collegiate goal in a 3-0 win over Arizona.
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USC football vs. No. 5 Stanford, November 16, 2013, USATSI photos
CAREER: He has 120 tackles, including 18.5 for losses (with 5 sacks), plus 10 deflections, 1 fumble recovery, 1 forced fumble, 7 interceptions (1 for a TD) in his career. He has 26 career starts.
2015: The always-around-the-ball Cravens, who is a candidate for the Butkus, Lombardi, Bednarik, Nagurski and Lott Awards as well as All-American acclaim, returns for his third year as an impact starter, again playing strongside outside linebacker (a hybrid safety-linebacker role) as a junior in 2015.
2014: Cravens played a hybrid strong safety/strongside outside linebacker spot as a sophomore in 2014. Overall in 2014 while starting all 13 games, he had 68 tackles, including a team-best 17 for losses (with 5 sacks), plus 9 deflections and a team-best 3 interceptions (with 1 TD). He made the 2014 AP All-American third team, Athlon All-American third team, Phil Steele All-American fourth team and SI.com All-American honorable mention, as well as CollegeFootball News Sophomore All-American first team. He made the 2014 All-Pac-12 first team, as well as the Athlon All-Pac-12 first team, Phil Steele All-Pac-12 first team and CollegeSportsMadness.com All-Pac-12 first team. He won USC's Defensive Perimeter Player of the Year Award. He was 24th nationally in tackles for loss (1.3, fifth in Pac-12). He had more tackles for loss (17) in 2014 than any defensive back in the nation. His 17 tackles for loss in 2014 were the most by a non-defensive lineman at USC since linebacker Markus Steele's 17 in 2000.
He had 3 tackles and 2 deflections against Fresno State, 5 tackles and a deflection at Stanford and 5 tackles (3 for a loss) at Boston College. He returned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown to open the scoring against Oregon State and he also had a team-best 6 tackles, including 2 for losses (with his first career sack) to earn Chuck Bednarik National Defensive Player of the Week honors. He had 3.5 tackles for loss (with a sack) among his 5 tackles against Arizona State. At Arizona, he had 5 tackles (1 for a loss) and a deflection, then he added 2 tackles and an interception against Colorado, 7 tackles (including 2 sacks) and a deflection at Utah and 4 tackles (1 for a loss) and 2 deflections at Washington State before leaving after hurting his knee just before halftime. He had a team-best 10 tackles, with 1.5 for losses (including a sack), and a deflection against California, 4 tackles (1 for a loss) at UCLA and 6 tackles (1 for a loss) against Notre Dame. He had 6 tackles (1 for a loss), an interception and a deflection against Nebraska.
2013: Cravens, who enrolled at USC in the spring of 2013 after graduating a semester early from high school, started at strong safety as a first-year freshman in 2013 and made quite an impact. Overall in 2013 while appearing in and starting 13 games (he suffered a groin injury against Utah and missed the Oregon State game), he had 52 tackles, including 1.5 for losses of 4 yards, plus 4 interceptions for 54 yards (13.5 avg), 1 deflection, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery. He also returned a kickoff for 33 yards (33.0 avg) and a punt for 1 yard (1.0 avg). He made the 2013 Sporting News Freshman All-American first team, Athlon Freshman All-American first team, Phil Steele Freshman All-American first team, CollegeFootballNews.com Freshman All-American first team and 247Sports.com True Freshman All-American second team. He made 2013 All-Pac-12 honorable mention. He missed the last half of 2013 spring practice after having surgery for torn cartilage in his knee. He had 4 tackles with an interception at Hawaii, then 3 tackles (0.5 for loss) against Washington State, 6 tackles and a forced fumble against Boston College and 5 tackles against Utah State. He had 6 tackles, an interception and a deflection at Arizona State, 7 tackles and a 1-yard punt return against Arizona State and 5 tackles (1 for a loss) and recovered a fumble at Notre Dame. He had a tackle and returned an interception 54 yards against Utah. He had 3 tackles at California, then 3 tackles and an interception against Stanford, 2 tackles and he returned a kickoff 33 yards at Colorado, 6 tackles against UCLA and 1 tackle against Fresno State.
HIGH SCHOOL: His 2012 honors included USA Today All-USA Defensive Player of the Year, Parade All-American, Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Max Preps All-American first team, ESPN 150, Rivals 100, Scout 100, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Gatorade California Player of the Year, finalist for Cal-Hi Sports California Mr. Football, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Max Preps All-State Division I first team, All-CIF Inland Division Defensive MVP, Los Angeles Times All-Area, Riverside Press-Enterprise All-Area and All-Southwestern League as a senior safety, linebacker, running back and wide receiver at Vista Murrieta (Calif.) High. He had 97 tackles, 8 sacks, 3 interceptions, 4 deflections, 2 fumble recoveries, 4 forced fumbles and 3 blocked punts on defense in 2012, and also caught 21 passes for 342 yards (16.3 avg.) with 8 TDs and ran for 200 yards on 17 carries (11.8 avg.) with 6 TDs on offense. Vista Murrieta went 13-1 and was the CIF Inland Division finalist in 2012.
As a 2011 junior, he was Max Preps All-American first team, ESPNHS.com All-American second team, Max Preps Junior All-American first team, ESPNHS.com Underclass All-American first team, Max Preps All-State Division I first team, ESPNHS.com All-State first team, Cal-Hi Sports State Junior Player of the Year, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team, All-CIF Inland Division Offensive MVP, Los Angeles Times All-Area Player of the Year and Riverside Press-Enterprise All-Area Player of the Year. He had 98 tackles, 11 sacks, 3 interceptions, 6 deflections, 1 fumble recovery and 4 forced fumbles on defense and also caught 20 passes for 239 yards (17.0 avg.) with 4 TDs and ran for 673 yards on 75 carries (9.0 avg.) with 15 TDs on offense in 2011 as Vista Murrieta went 14-0 and won the CIF Inland Division title.
As a 2010 sophomore, he made Max Preps Sophomore All-American second team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore first team and All-Southwestern League first team as he had 90 tackles, 8 sacks, 5 fumble recoveries and 3 forced fumbles. Vista Murrieta was the CIF Inland Division finalist.
He attended Temecula Valley High as a 2009 freshman.
PERSONAL: He is a policy, planning and development major at USC. His brother, Siaki, was a defensive lineman at Hawaii (2010-12) who previously played at Utah (2008). His sister, Malia, was on the women's basketball at Hawaii in 2012 before transferring to USC, where she was briefly on the 2013 Women of Troy basketball team before joining the track team as a high jumper. His cousins, Jordan and Brynn Cameron, played football (2008-10) and women's basketball (2005-09), respectively, at USC; Jordan also played men's basketball at USC (2008) and BYU (2007) and now plays tight end for the NFL's Cleveland Browns. Another cousin, Colby Cameron, was a quarterback at Louisiana Tech (2009-12) before signing with the NFL's Carolina Panthers. His grandfather, Jack Cravens, played basketball and baseball at BYU (1957-59). He is related by marriage to Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham. The second cousin of his mother, Yolanda, is former Arizona State and NFL safety David Fulcher. A distant cousin is former Notre Dame All-American linebacker Manti Te'o, now with the NFL's San Diego Chargers.
GAME-BY-GAME WITH SU'A CRAVENS
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT SU'A CRAVENS
Dan Greenspan, NFL.com: "If you don't know the name Su'a Cravens yet, you will soon enough."
Paul Myerberg, USA Today Sports: "I think Su'a Cravens is ready to explode -- not a year from now and not at some point in November but today, right now, and with force...Cravens looks very much like an all-timer -- no pressure, by the way -- and seems ready to embrace those expectations, delivering along the back end in the mold of this program's long line of greats at the position."
Micahel Lev, Orange County Register: “His passion for the game—its nuances, its techniques, its strategies—is among the biggest reason he’s so good at it. Of course, the playmaking outside linebacker also has speed, strength and leaping ability…Ask anyone about his football exploits and invariably they’ll say he’s a natural. His instincts, they say, are off the charts.”
Steve Sarkisian, USC head coach: "Su'a is a guy who can create turnovers, he can make tackles in the backfield, he can blitz off the edge, he can cover well. I think he's at his best when he's around the ball."
Jacob Thorpe, Spokesman-Review: “Su’a Cravens is the most athletic player on that explosive defense.”
Mike Leach, Washington State head coach: “He’s really quick and kind of has a nose for the ball. He comes downhill fast when he makes his decisions.”