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Jarrett emerges as go-to guy just in time

Originally Published: October 16, 2004
By Bruce Feldman | ESPN The Magazine

LOS ANGELES -- This is how elite football powerhouses are supposed to operate.

Just one week after seeing its top wideout Steve Smith go down with a broken leg, top-ranked USC found a suitable replacement. In fact, the Trojans appear to have actually upgraded. True freshman Dwayne Jarrett, a willowy 6-foot-5, 200-pound former prep basketball star from New Jersey, seized center-stage in a battle of Pac-10 unbeatens by hauling in three first-half touchdown passes in a 45-7 Trojan romp past ...

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