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Ross Cumming inspires USC

The backup was medically discharged from the Naval Academy, now draws praise

Updated: September 29, 2010, 5:48 PM ET
By Pedro Moura | Special to ESPNLosAngeles.com

He was devastated.

It was May 2007, and Ross Cumming just finished a tumultuous first year out of high school at the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, R.I.

Set to go home to Laguna Niguel for the summer, rehabilitate a fractured back and return in the fall as a full-fledged member of the Navy football team, he was instead called into the supervisor's office and medically discharged from the academy.

Sent home. Permanently.

"That was a big blow to my world," ...

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