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USC football: Soma Vainuku embraces versatility as fullback, tight end

USC football: Soma Vainuku embraces versatility as fullback, tight end
USC's Soma Vainuku celebrates his blocked punt against Colorado, which led to a safety for the Trojans. (Doug Pensinger / Getty Images)

Soma Vainuku is listed as a fullback, but in USC's new fast-paced offense he does not figure to be utilized much in the position's traditional mold.

The junior from Eureka is playing a utility role, working at running back, tight end and also on special teams.

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"Fullback and tight end kind of go hand in hand," Vainuku said.

Vainuku rushed for 70 yards and a touchdown playing tailback last season against Colorado.

He said he still calls on lessons learned from former Trojan Rhett Ellison, whose versatility as a tight end and fullback helped launch an NFL career.

"When Rhett was here, he told me to be as versatile as I can," Vainuku said. "It builds your worth."

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