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Behind The Verbal

Behind The Verbal

Mission Viejo (Calif.) offensive lineman Cole Smith is rated the No. 10 player at center nationally, but his pedigree as a snapper goes far deeper than any scale or yardstick can measure.

One could argue Mission Viejo (Calif.) center Cole Smith was born a Trojan, but that would be inaccurate. According to his father, Doug, who coached the offensive line at USC under John Robinson, Cole had his own tie to Trojan football before he was born. “My wife and I actually found out we were pregnant with Cole the week of the Rose Bowl when we played Northwestern, so he was even conceived...

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