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USC football: Devon Kennard among four team captains

August 27, 2013|By Gary Klein
  • USC linebacker Devon Kennard was one of four Trojans players to be voted team captains on Monday.
USC linebacker Devon Kennard was one of four Trojans players to be voted… (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles…)

USC linebacker Devon Kennard could only look on helplessly after suffering an injury that sidelined him all of last season.

But the fifth-year senior, among the Trojans’ hardest-working players throughout his career, said this week that his comeback from surgery made him a better player, a better person and gave him even more of an appreciation for playing the sport.

“The game’s not always good to us all -- I’ve learned that the hard way,” he said. “I’m just grateful to be out here every day.”

Kennard’s teammates also appreciate his presence.

On Monday, they voted Kennard a team captain.

Junior linebacker Hayes Pullard, junior receiver Marqise Lee and junior center Marcus Martin also were voted captains as the Trojans continued preparing for Thursday’s opener at Hawaii.

The 6-foot-3, 255-pound Kennard started his USC career as a defensive end but finished his freshman season as a starting outside linebacker. He played middle linebacker as a sophomore, and then moved back to end as a junior. Last year, he suffered a torn pectoral muscle on the eve of training camp and was forced to redshirt.


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