Taylor Graham, Jabari Ruffin

USC linebacker Jabari Ruffin tries to sack Hawaii quarterback Taylor Graham at Aloha Stadium. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / August 29, 2013)

After sitting out the opener against Hawaii because of a foot injury, USC linebacker Morgan Breslin hopes to play Saturday against Washington State.

But Jabari Ruffin showed he can be a capable replacement.

Ruffin, a redshirt freshman from Downey, started Thursday's game and made three tackles in the Trojans' 30-13 victory.

"I tried to know what to expect my first college game," Ruffin said, adding that defensive line coach Ed Orgeron, "got me right in camp. I basically did everything he taught me and played hard."

Breslin also assisted Ruffin from the sideline.

"He was helping out there every series," Ruffin said. "He was telling me things I could do better and things I was doing well. It was really good to have a vet like that in my ear."


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