Cameron Smith grew up in Roseville, Calif., about a two-hour drive from Memorial Stadium in Berkeley.
So Saturday's football game against California will be a homecoming of sorts for USC's freshman linebacker, who had a starring role in last week's victory over previously unbeaten Utah.
Smith intercepted three passes, returning one for a touchdown. He was celebrated by coaches and teammates and was selected the Pac-12 Conference's defensive player of the week
"It's been fun," Smith said Wednesday.
The typically stoic Smith, who has a team-best 62 tackles, said teammates have ribbed him about the post-interceptions attention.