USC football coach Will Muschamp talks regularly about building a culture within his three year old program. Part of that is retention of key players who have the option to leave for the NFL or even another program. Tuesday Muschamp’s culture development got a major boost when offensive lineman Donell Stanley announced he will take advantage of a sixth year and return to USC for the 2019 season.
Stanley has been a starter on the offensive line practically from the day he walked on campus from Latta. But he was injured on the first play of his first game at Vanderbilt in 2014 and ended up redshirting that season. He did not start a game in 2015 and was hampered again by injuries in 2016. But he has been a mainstay on the line the last two seasons starting 25-26 games.
Stanley’s versatility is one of his strengths. He started the first 12 games of this season at center, the first time he’s ever played position, then shifted to right guard for the bowl game to help replace injured guard Zack Bailey.
To hear Donell Stanley’s interview announcing his comeback on SportsTalk, click below: