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Former USC linebacker Brian Cushing, who is taking classes this semester, on his rookie season with the Houston Texans, where he was named defensive rookie of the year:
“There were a ton of games last year I was just playing on instinct and almost maligned out there.
“Being a rookie, not having the experience, and just going out there and learning the defense while you’re in the middle of the season, it’s just a whole adapting process. Now being in the system, knowing the coaches, having the players around me, there’s only one way up now. The only way up now is where we’re going and that’s where I feel like I can go.”

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  • Blue Bruin

    What the devil does “almost maligned” mean? Malign is a verb, but means evil words or intent. Does he mean his teammates almost chewed him out or something?

  • Cafe 84 Pizza

    Maybe he said “misaligned” as in “lined up incorrectly” or “in the wrong spot”?

    If I had to put my money on either Cushing’s weird misuse of “malign” or a post on this blog containing a typo, I’d bet on the typo.

  • Blue Bruin

    One might also think that Cushing received diction coaching from Lane Kiffin or Ben Howland. Consider this gem of a sentence: “The only way up now is where we’re going and that’s where I feel like I can go.”

    Umm, ok!