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Steve Sarkisian Mistakenly Gives Offensive Player No. 55, Which Is A USC Linebacker Tradition

Many college football programs have famous numbers that are passed down as a tradition. At USC, the number 55 has traditionally been reserved for elite linebackers. Trojan greats like Junior Seau, Willie McGinest, and Keith Rivers have worn the number, and no non-linebacker has donned the jersey since 1989.

New head coach Steve Sarkisian has been a coach at USC before, but apparently he forgot about the tradition. Freshman offensive guard Toa Lobendahn wore the number at Saturday's spring game, to the disappointment of McGinest and other members of the USC community. During an interview from the spring game, McGinest expressed his disappointment that a non-linebacker had the number.

">@WillieMcGinest ! Should be D only, & to the player with the biggest potential. You #NailedIt#Club55

— Lisa Horne (@LisaHorne)

Props on the Number 55 comment, @WillieMcGinest ! Should be D only, & to the player with the biggest potential. You #NailedIt#Club55

— Lisa Horne (@LisaHorne) April 20, 2014

">April 20, 2014

After the game, Sarkisian admitted his mistake.

">April 20, 2014

It may seem inconsequential, but traditions are what make college football great, so we get it.

[Reign of Troy]