Monday, August 20, 2007

Five Trojans already have earned degrees - OC Register
...Make no mistake here. Four seasons of soaking in adulation and experiencing triumph in the nation’s top program, walking out the Coliseum tunnel and standing victorious after a Rose Bowl game have been rewarding, too.

But the celebration Jody Adewale loves most came when he threw on his cap without a facemask and gown without a number and graduated last spring with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

"When I walked to get my diploma," Adewale said, "I felt people looking at me with respect as someone more than an athlete. I was a man."

Four other current Trojans — left guard Jeff Byers, defensive end Lawrence Jackson, tailback Hershel Dennis and kicker Brad Smith, who transferred from Davidson — already have their bachelor’s degrees...

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