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USC's Lamar Dawson makes impressive return to the practice field

USC linebacker Lamar Dawson said his ACL injury was 'heartbreaking,' but he is making an impressive comeback

USC linebacker Lamar Dawson said it was "heartbreaking" to spend more than a year sidelined.

Dawson, 6-foot-1 and 230 pounds, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during practice before the eighth game of the 2013 season and underwent knee surgery.

His recovery took longer than expected.

"It was just a period of time where I had to focus on myself and just get back to where I was in the past," the fifth-year senior said.

Dawson, a three-year starter, has stood out this spring during his first complete practices under second-year Coach Steve Sarkisian.

"[He is] a guy who continues to show up and do those things that we think he is capable of doing," Sarkisian said.

Dawson said the biggest adjustment returning to the field with a new staff was "just running the plays and just making sure I know my assignments."

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