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Mickens adjusting to new role

Injuries have forced USC commit to start at quarterback the last two games

Updated: October 3, 2011, 3:47 PM ET
By Erik McKinney | We Are SC
LOS ANGELES -- Jaydon Mickens established himself as a highly recruited football player by catching an abundance of passes as a sophomore and junior. But he might cement his legacy at Los Angeles Dorsey High School by throwing a few as a senior.

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comJaydon Mickens has started at quarterback during the last two games, leading Los Angeles Dorsey to a 1-1 record.
With regular starter Reggie Bell unable to suit up due to a knee injury, Mickens made the switch to quarterback one day before a 14-12 loss to Redlands (Calif.) East Valley. Mickens said he played most of that game with his head swirling, doing his best to adjust to the new position.

But after a full week to prepare for Friday's game at Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany -- a team coming off an impressive win over West Hills Chaminade the previous week -- Mickens left it all on the field and led his team to a 13-12 win.

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