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Daniel Lasco makes Cal difficult to defend, Steve Sarkisian says

Daniel Lasco makes Cal difficult to defend, Steve Sarkisian says
The Saints lost Khiry Robinson to the Jets in free agency, and C.J. Spiller disappointed in his first season in New Orleans. Seventh-rounder Daniel Lasco impressed at the East-West Shrine Game and tested very well at the Combine (4.46 40-yard dash, 41 1/2-inch vertical, 11-3 broad jump), but fell in the draft because hip and ankle injuries limited him to three games in 2015. If he can stay healthy, he could be an immediate contributor on special teams and has a shot to supplant Spiller as the team's speedy receiving back. (Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

Most of the attention regarding California and its offense centers on quarterback Jared Goff and a talented corps of receivers.

But USC Coach Steve Sarkisian noted that running back Daniel Lasco is also key to an offense that averages 509 yards a game.

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"He's really probably the guy that makes them as difficult as they are to defend," Sarkisian said. "Daniel just provides that versatility, that balance."

This season, Lasco, a 6-foot, 210-pound junior from Texas, has rushed for 796 yards and 10 touchdowns.

He rushed a for a career-best 188 yards and three touchdowns in 30 carries in the Golden Bears' 45-31 victory at Oregon State on Nov. 1.

Lasco also rushed for more than 100 yards against Arizona and Colorado.

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