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Oregon game is ‘a little personal’ for USC’s Su’a Cravens

USC linebacker Su'a Cravens, right, talks with defensive end Greg Townsend Jr. during a game against Arizona on Nov. 8.

USC linebacker Su’a Cravens, right, talks with defensive end Greg Townsend Jr. during a game against Arizona on Nov. 8.

(Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

Su’a Cravens was asked Tuesday what he knew about the environment at Autzen Stadium, where USC will play Oregon on Saturday.

His response offered more about his motivation than the expected atmosphere.

“I’ve never been up there. I mean, I’ve probably been up there probably one time, but I never took a visit to Oregon,” said Cravens, referring to a visit he never had the chance to make four years ago as a recruit.

“Oregon actually never even offered me,” Cravens said, with a smirk.

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Cravens was considered a five-star recruit in the 2012 class and held offers from every school in the Pac-12.

Except the Ducks.

“I kind of take it a little personal,” he said. “They were winning at the time and it was nice to see they had all new uni’s and were going to Rose Bowls.”

“It bothered me a little bit. I’m a West Coast guy.”

Cravens was named the Lott IMPACT player of the week in consecutive weeks for his performances against California and Colorado.

This season he has made two interceptions, forced two fumbles, made 12 tackles for losses, including 5 1/2 sacks, and has deflected five passes.

When asked if he wanted to show Oregon what it missed, Cravens smiled.

“Nah, I think they know,” he said.

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