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USC's young offensive linemen say travel wasn't the issue in poor play

USC's young offensive linemen say travel wasn't the issue in poor play
USC offensive lineman Toa Lobendahn, left, battles Fresno State defensive lineman Tyeler Davison during the Trojans' season opener Aug. 30. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

USC traveled nearly 3,000 miles to Boston College with a young offensive line.

Freshmen Toa Lobendahn and Viane Talamaivao started at guard and Damien Mama rotated in during the Trojans' 37-31 defeat.

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Lobendahn said travel didn't contribute to poor play by the freshmen.

"We've gone everywhere," Lobendahn said. "We're used to it."

Most top-rated recruits are seasoned travelers.

Lobendahn, Talamaivao and Mama logged thousands of miles during their senior years of high school.

All three participated in "The Opening," a four-day invitation-only camp on the Nike campus in Beaverton, Ore., and in the Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, among other camps and tournaments.

"We were definitely prepared mentally, physically," Lobendahn said of the Boston College experience. "We just didn't execute when we were supposed to."

The Trojans allowed five quarterback sacks and rushed for 20 net yards.

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