Two Football Players Enroll At USC For Spring Semester
Jan. 8, 2001
LOS ANGELES -A pair of football players - running back/wide receiver/returner Frank Candela and placekicker Trevor Lancaster - have enrolled at USC for the spring semester, new Trojan head coach Pete Carroll announced today.
The 5-9, 180-pound Candela spent the past 4 years playing minor league baseball after an outstanding prep football career in Massachusetts. He enters USC as a 22-year-old freshman.
He was a USA Today All-USA honorable mention, Prep Star All-East Region first team and Boston Herald All-Scholastic pick when he ran for 1,784 yards and scored 28 touchdowns as a 1996 senior at Veterans Memorial High in Peabody, Mass. In his career, he had 3,381 rushing yards and 64 TDs, and had 4 games with 200-plus rushing yards. He also was a Boston Herald All-Scholastic baseball player at Veterans Memorial.
He originally signed with Washington to play football, but instead inked a pro baseball contract with the Milwaukee Brewers after being selected in the fifth round of the 1997 June free agent draft. He played rookie ball with the Ogden (Ut.) Raptors in the Pioneer League in 1997 and 1998. He hit .267 with 20 hits and 10 RBI in just 25 games in his 1997 rookie year, then hit .311 with 80 hits, 72 runs, 20 RBI and 43 stolen bases in 1998. He next played A ball with the Beloit (Wisc.) Snappers of the Midwest League in 1999 and 2000. In 1999, he hit .299 with 32 hits and 14 stolen bases in just 30 games. He then hit .274 with 66 hits, 43 runs, 19 RBI and 28 stolen bases in 2000.
'Frank is an outstanding, well-rounded athlete,' said Carroll. 'He excelled in football in high school and then in baseball these past few years. He'll certainly be one of the more interesting stories in college football. We see him as competing for our punt returner and kickoff returner jobs, as well as being a combination running back and wide receiver.'
Lancaster, at 6-0 and 180 pounds, enters USC as a junior. He was a 2000 J.C. Grid-Wire All-American honorable mention pick at Bakersfield (Calif.) Junior College when he hit 12-of-17 field goals (with a long of 57 yards, a school record) and all 24 of his PAT attempts. He also kicked for Bakersfield in 1999, hitting 6-of-11 field goals and 17-of-19 PATs.
He prepped at Centennial High in Bakersfield, where as a senior in 1998 he was a placekicker (kicking a CIF Central Section record 11 field goals, including a school-record 50-yarder), wide receiver (16 catches for 285 yards and 5 TDs) and kick returner. He also played soccer at Centennial.
'Trevor had the strongest leg we saw in junior college,' said Carroll. 'He was accurate and consistently put his kickoffs into the end zone. He'll compete right away for our placekicking job.'