August 31, 2007

Jeanpierre ready for O-Line action

Ever since Lemuel Jeanpierre started playing, the snapping of the football meant it was time to get to the quarterback. But everything changed at the end of spring practice in April when he was moved from defense to offense.

Last season, Jeanpierre was stuck on the depth chart at defensive tackle. The Orlando, Fla., native played in 13 games, but started just one - the Liberty Bowl. Stanley Doughty had quit the team, Marque Hall was out with a season-ending injury, and Nathan Pepper was suspended for the first half.

Despite showing glimpses of brilliance against Houston - five tackles and a forced fumble - Pepper and Hall returned for 2007, signee Ladi Ajiboye joined the team in January and Kenrick Ellis was in the rotation after a redshirt year.

Leaving the sophomore in the same position - stuck on the depth chart.

Jeanpierre, hesitant at first, was approached by USC head coach Steve Spurrier and asked to play offensive line in order to give him more playing time.

"I thought it over, talked to Coach Nix, Coach Smith, my parents, my friends, and they all said if it helps out the team and you get more playing time, go out and go for it," Jeanpierre said.

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