True freshman Palaie Gaoteote impresses USC teammates in first start at middle linebacker

LOS ANGELES — Once senior Cameron Smith graduates after this season, true freshman Palaie Gaoteote is likely to assume his starting role in the teeth of USC’s defense.

The Trojans had an early look at their potential future middle linebacker in a 31-20 victory over Colorado on Saturday night.

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Gaoteote started in place of Smith, who was sidelined with a strained hamstring, and...

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