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07/28/16 - S Su'a Cravens is a puzzle piece the Redskins' coaching staff is still trying to solve. They wanted him to learn to play inside linebacker during OTAs and training camp despite a relatively slight 226-pound frame for the position. But Cravens can move. It's why he was considered a safety by many teams who had the USC star on their draft board. Washington might use him there in certain situations, but there will be nothing traditional about Cravens. On a team with a dearth of linebackers who can cover tight ends and running backs in space, Cravens shows that athleticism. He began training camp again working with the second-teamers at inside linebacker as he learns the nuances of that position. In nickel packages - something teams face so often during a game - Cravens can help. The coaches are just figuring out exactly how.
06/01/16 - S Su'a Cravens again spent Wednesday's practice at second-team linebacker as the Redskins try to get their second-round pick acclimated to that position. Listed as a safety, Cravens is expected to play a jack-of-all-trades role toggling between a hybrid safety-linebacker role.
12/19/15 - Southern California linebacker Su'a Cravens has announced he will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft. Cravens announced his decision in a post on his Twitter account Wednesday. Cravens is a three-year starter who frequently plays a hybrid role between a linebacker and a safety. The junior is tied for the team lead with 78 tackles, and he leads the Trojans with 5 1/2 sacks and 14 1/2 tackles for loss. Cravens is expected to be a high draft pick, and he says the opportunity is too good to pass up. Cravens advocated strongly for the retention of interim coach Clay Helton, claiming it might persuade him to stick around USC for his senior season. USC faces Wisconsin in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 30. - AP Sports
12/11/15 - 2015 ALL-PAC-12 CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): LB Su’a Cravens, Jr., USC...Five Trojans-junior outside linebacker Su’a Cravens, sophomore wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, sophomore cornerback-wide receiver-returner Adoree’ Jackson, senior defensive tackle Antwaun Woods and junior offensive tackle Zach Banner-were named to the 2015 All-Pac-12 first team in a vote by the league’s coaches. - USC Football
10/01/14 - When Su'a Cravens intercepted Sean Mannion's pass and returned it 31 yards untouched for the game's first score, he perked up everybody on the Southern California sideline. The Trojans' two-week hangover from an embarrassing loss evaporated in a surge of big plays against Oregon State, keeping USC right on course in the Pac-12 race. Cody Kessler passed for 261 yards and two touchdowns, and Justin Davis scored twice in No. 18 USC's 35-10 victory over Oregon State on Saturday night. Darreus Rogers caught a 48-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass at the halftime gun as the Trojans (3-1, 2-0 Pac-12) rebounded smartly from their first loss with solid defense and another stellar game from Kessler, who went 24 for 32 while leading a 461-yard offensive performance.
The Trojans had a bye after their upset loss at Boston College knocked them out of the Top 10. USC started tentatively in its first game back at the Coliseum, but Cravens' clever interception lit a spark. "That big play that Su'a had, our defense was doing a great job, and that pressured our offense," Kessler said. "It got our guys pumped up and the crowd fired up." Davis caught a 16-yard TD pass and ran for a fourth-quarter score for the Trojans. Javorius Allen added 115 yards rushing and a touchdown as USC roared back from an early deficit, scoring the final 28 points and playing 41 shutout minutes. "We just had to get back to the basics to get over a loss," said Cravens, who also had a team-leading six tackles and a sack. "We had to do our job and execute." - AP Sports