As we continue on our daily countdown towards the 2007 season, the excitement is building as we are only 31 days away from the start of the season. Representing #31 for the Trojans this season is redshirt freshman fullback Stanley Havili. Havili spent his first season at the fullback position last year, that is until he suffered a season ending injury that forced him to sit out the remainder of the season. In high school Havili was an All-American running back, amassing over 2,500 all-purpose yards his senior year (including 1,500 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards).
Havili sits atop the depth chart at fullback and will enter fall camp healthy and ready to contribute. Havili looked very impressive during the spring running the ball and catching the ball out of the backfield. However he needs to prove that he is capable of being an effective lead blocker and that he can hold his own in pass protection to hold off returning fullback Jody Adewale. Look for Sarkisian to find some creative ways of getting his talented fullback the rock.