2006: Vanderboom will push for playing time at tight end as a senior in 2006.
2005: Vanderboom was a reserve tight end and played on special teams as a junior in 2005. Overall in 2005 while appearing in 12 games (he missed the Hawaii opener after spraining his left ankle in 2005 fall camp), he made 1 catch for 6 yards (versus Stanford).
2004: He earned a scholarship in the fall of 2004 and served as a reserve tight end. He also played on special teams. He appeared in 7 games in 2004, but did not catch a pass. He sprained his right knee at Stanford and had surgery to remove torn cartilage, sidelining him for the next 6 games.
2003: He appeared in 8 games (all but California, Arizona State, Washington, Washington State and Michigan) as a walk-on redshirt freshman tight end and special teams player in 2003, but did not catch a pass or make a tackle. He was switched to tight end from quarterback in 2003 spring drills.
2002: He redshirted as a walk-on freshman quarterback in 2002, his first year at USC.
HIGH SCHOOL: He prepped at The Breck School in Minneapolis (Minn.).
PERSONAL: He is a business administration major at USC with a B+ average (3.55 GPA). He made 2005 and 2004 Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention.
GAME-BY-GAME WITH NICK VANDERBOOM