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

Watch USC linebacker Lamar Dawson discuss his return to the field -- and standout play -- at spring practice.

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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