Dawson growing into a leader 

March, 30, 2012
When you watch the USC defense on the field in spring ball there is no doubt as to who is running the show.

During every huddle and before every play, sophomore middle linebacker Lamar Dawson is the one right in the center of the action. As the players say, he’s the one driving the bus.

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Ric Tapia/Icon SMILamar Dawson emerged as USC's starter at middle linebacker during the middle of the season.
The middle linebacker is responsible for getting the defense together and calling the play from the sideline, then making all the checks based on the offensive formation. It's a critical responsibility, one that has been handed to Dawson at a very early point in his career.