USC football spring walk-ons

March, 22, 2012
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Here is a listing and bio information for the 2012 spring football walk-ons (courtesy of USC sports information):

No. Name Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Birthday Cl.(Ath/Ac) Exp. Hometown (High School/JC/College)
36 AKIBA, John TB 5-8 190 8/5/90 Jr.*/Sr. -- Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo/Saddleback JC)
54 ARAKELIAN, Michael DE 6-1 210 10/26/90 Jr.*/Sr. -- Anaheim (Orange Lutheran/Chapman)
44 AVIV, Yonatan FB 6-0 270 7/25/90 So.*/Jr. -- Los Angeles (Yula)
26 DARLIN, Spencer WR 5-10 175 2/12/92 So.*/Jr. -- Encinitas (La Costa Canyon)
84 DOWNEY JR., Kevin TE 6-3 210 8/27/90 Jr.*/Sr. -- West Hills (El Camino Real/Pierce JC)
28 FU, Kevin WR 6-3 170 6/12/92 So.*/Jr. -- San Jose (Harker)
40 HUGHES, Brett WR 6-2 195 5/22/93 Fr.*/So. -- Mountain View (Mountain View)
38 JOLIN, Taylor S 6-2 195 12/26/91 So.*/Jr. -- San Diego (La Costa Canyon)
91 KUSNIR, Zack DT 6-5 250 2/6/89 Sr.*/Sr. SQ La Jolla (La Jolla Country Day/San Diego St.)
41 MATRANGA, Eric WR 5-10 180 1/13/90 Sr.*/Sr. TR Carmichael (Jesuit/San Joaquin Delta JC/Glendale JC)
46 SIMMONS, Hunter FB 6-1 240 9/20/90 Jr.*/Sr. 1V Pasadena (Loyola)
49 SUTTON, Christian CB 5-10 185 6/25/93 Fr.*/So. TR Suwanee, GA (North Gwinnett/Point)
27 TOBER, William CB 5-9 170 10/3/90 Jr.*/Sr. -- San Clemente (San Clemente)
49 UCHE, Chidozie WR 5-10 180 8/18/90 Sr.*/Sr. -- London, England (Strake Jesuit)

AKIBA:
Junior College: As a 2010 sophomore running back at Saddleback Junior College in Mission Viejo (Calif.), he ran for 191 yards on 49 carries (3.9 avg.) with 3 TDs, caught 5 passes for 25 yards (5.0 avg.), had 2 kickoff returns for 16 yards (8.0 avg.) and made 2 tackles. He made the 2010 Southern California Football Association Scholar Team. As a 2009 freshman, he had 57 yards on 14 carries (4.1 avg.) and caught 5 passes for 90 yards (18.0 avg.) with 1 TD. High School: He was a 2008 All-South Coast League second team pick as a senior fullback at Mission Viejo (Calif.) High. He ran for 129 yards on 23 carries (5.6 avg.) with 2 TDs and caught 6 passes for 80 yards (13.3 avg.) with 2 TDs as a senior. As a 2007 junior, he had 109 yards on 22 carries (5.0 avg.) with 1 TD and caught 10 passes for 90 yards (9.0 avg.). Personal: He also plays rugby. He speaks fluent Japanese.

ARAKELIAN:
College: He started at defensive end as a 2009 freshman at Chapman, getting 31 tackles, including 2 for losses, plus 2 fumble recoveries and a blocked kick. High School: He played defensive end and tight end at Orange (Calif.) Lutheran High. As a 2007 junior, he had 33 tackles with 4 sacks.

AVIV:
High School: He played basketball at Yula High in Los Angeles (Calif.).

DARLIN:
High School: He was a running back as a 2009 senior at La Costa Canyon High in Carlsbad (Calif.). He also was on La Costa Canyon’s track team, competing in the sprints, hurdles, long jump and shot put.

DOWNEY:
2011: He joined the USC team in the spring of 2011 as a sophomore walk-on tight end, but was not on the team in the fall of 2011. Junior College: He attended Pierce Junior College in Woodland Hills (Calif.) before transferring to USC. High School: He had 5 sacks, 2 deflections and 1 fumble recovery as a 2008 senior defensive and offensive lineman at El Camino Real High in Woodland Hills (Calif.). He had 2 sacks as a 2007 junior.

FU:
High School: He earned All-Bay Football League second team honors as a 2009 senior running back, wide receiver, defensive back and defensive lineman at Harker High in San Jose (Calif.). As a 2008 junior, he ran for 113 yards on 13 carries (8.7 avg.), caught 2 passes for 17 yards (8.5 avg.) with 1 TD, returned 6 kickoffs for 156 yards (26.0 avg.) and made 11 tackles with 4 sacks. He also played volleyball at Harker.

HUGHES:
High School: He was named All-San Jose Mercury News honorable mention and All-Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division Most Outstanding Wide Receiver as a 2010 senior wide receiver and defensive back at Mountain View (Calif.) High. He had 32 receptions for 561 yards (17.5 avg.) with 6 TDs in 2010. He made the All-League first team as a 2009 junior. He also played basketball at Mountain View.

JOLIN:
High School: He played football and baseball (pitcher and outfielder) at La Costa Canyon High in Carlsbad (Calif.). Personal: He has been a member of USC’s club crew team. He has played guitar in rock bands.

KUSNIR:
2012: He is petitioning for a sixth year of eligibility because of injuries earlier in his career. 2011: He was a walk-on defensive tackle as a senior in 2011. He appeared briefly in 4 games in 2012 (Syracuse, Arizona State, Colorado, Washington), but he did not make a tackle. 2010: He joined the USC team in the spring of 2010 as a junior walk-on tight end, but did not see any action in 2010. San Diego State: He redshirted as a 2007 freshman quarterback at San Diego State. High School: He attended Whitfield High School, but competed in football, basketball and baseball for La Jolla (Calif.) Country Day as a 2006 senior...He was a 2-time All-League first team in baseball. Personal: His father, Michael, played football at Clarion University.

MATRANGA:
Junior College: He was an infielder at San Joaquin Delta Junior College in Stockton (Calif.) in 2010 (hitting .182) and at Glendale (Calif.) Junior College in 2011 (hitting .286). High School: He was an infielder at Jesuit High in Carmichael (Calif.), hitting .296 as a 2008 senior. Personal: He has been a member of USC’s club baseball team.

SIMMONS:
2011: He was a walk-on fullback at USC as a sophomore in 2011 before leaving the team mid-season (he did not see any action). 2010: He played briefly in 4 games in 2010 at USC (Hawaii, Minnesota, Washington State and California) as a redshirt freshman walk-on fullback. 2009: He joined the USC team in the fall of 2009 as a first-year freshman walk-on fullback, but did not see any action in 2009. High School: As a 2008 senior at Loyola High in Los Angeles (Calif.), he had 33 tackles (with 3 sacks), 1 fumble recovery, 1 forced fumble and 1 blocked field goal as a defensive end and caught 5 passes for 45 yards (9.0 avg.) as a fullback. Personal: He was a member of the 2008 USA Under-18 National Rugby Team that competed in England.

SUTTON:
College: He was a freshman defensive back at Point University in 2011. High School: He was a sprinter on the track team at North Gwinnett High in Suwanee (Ga.). He also played football at North Gwinett as a 2008 sophomore defensive. Personal: His grandfather ran track at Houston, his uncle played football at South Carolina, his father was a swimmer at Texas A&M and his cousin, Ashley, ran track at Ohio State.

TOBER:
High School: He had 40 tackles, 8 deflections, 1 interception and 1 forced fumble as a 2008 senior defensive back and wide receiver at San Clemente (Calif.) High. He had 3 tackles as a 2007 junior.

UCHE:
2011: He joined the USC team in the spring of 2011 as a junior walk-on wide receiver, but was not on the team in the fall of 2011. High School: He played soccer at Strake Jesuit High in Houston (Tex.). Personal: He is a native of London, England.

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