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USC QB Jaxson Dart to make first career start against crosstown rival UCLA

LOS ANGELES -- Growing up in northern Utah, Jaxson Dart obviously couldn't acquire a full appreciation of what makes Southern California's rivalry with UCLA so good.

The Trojans' 18-year-old freshman quarterback realizes he's about to get a crash course in the emotions and excitement of Los Angeles' crosstown showdown.

Dart will make his first career start for USC (4-5, 3-4 Pac-12) on Saturday at the Coliseum against the Bruins (6-4, 4-3). Third-year starter Kedon Slovis is still sidelined by a lower leg injury, clearing the way for Dart to fully take charge of the Trojans' offense after three appearances this season in relief.