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The Trojans only have three scholarship running backs. Only two of those, D.J. Morgan and returning starter Curtis McNeal, were healthy during spring.
Though Buck Allen supposedly has a lot of potential, injuries have prevented his maturation. We would like to say more about him—his strengths, his weakness, a possible role for him—but we don’t know that much about the redshirt freshman. Every time he seems to make some steady progress or show some potential, he finds himself back on the sideline nursing an injury.
If Allen can’t recover and make significant progress during the fall then all the weight will follow on the shoulders of McNeal and Morgan. The only downside to that is that have a very similar style. What USC needs is a bigger, more powerful running back that will compliment McNeal’s and Morgan’s speed and give the Trojans a variety of options.