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USC moving up for Cravens

With defensive role assured, Murrieta, Calif., junior has Trojans safely in top three

Updated: November 28, 2011, 3:37 PM ET
By Erik McKinney | We Are SC
MURRIETA, Calif. -- Su'a Cravens doesn't hesitate to tell people that he is a defensive player. He's going to have a hard time convincing Riverside (Calif.) North of that, however.

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comUpon hearing that USC wants him to play defense full-time, Su'a Cravens moved the Trojans into his top three with Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Cravens turned his first carry into a 34-yard touchdown then added two more touchdowns of 50 and 29 yards, respectively, on his way to 201 yards on only nine carries in a 58-14 Vista Murrieta win over North on Friday in the CIF-SS Inland Division quarterfinals. The victory sends the Broncos to the semifinals, where they will meet No. 2 seed Upland.

Cravens isn't usually called upon as extensively on offense, but head coach Coley Candaele said there is nothing usual about the playoffs, nor Cravens' talent.

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