July 29, 2006

Center of attention

Last year USC brought high-profile quarterback Matt Leinart to the Pacific-10 Conference Media Day, but this year it opted for a more low-key approach, bringing senior offensive lineman Ryan Kalil.

When asked why he was brought to the media day, Kalil responded by saying "You know, what happened was, I actually didn't want to come this year, but they had a team vote to bring the best-looking guy, and I guess I won in a landslide."

Despite his obvious humor, Kalil figures to play a key role next year as a potential All-American at center and is up for the Rimington Trophy given to the best center in the country.

USCFootball.com got a chance to talk to Kalil after the media day to ask him about the status of the offensive line and the departure of most of last year's backfield.

The offensive line has been one of the main reasons for the USC's resurgence the past couple years, but this year's team loses three starters from last year.

One of the major question marks on the offensive line is the injury status of Drew Radovich and Jeff Byers, but USC coach Pete Carroll said he expects both to be ready for fall camp.

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