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The greatest challenge USC faces in their hunt for the national championship this season is a potential lack of depth—in large part because of the reduction in scholarships from the sanctions levied against the program in 2010.
However, one area that shouldn't concern the Trojans is the position of running back.
The Trojans already bring back a thousand-yard rusher from last season in Curtis McNeal. McNeal ran for just over a thousand yards at a clip of 6.9 yards per carry and added six touchdowns on the ground. However, at 5'7" and 190 pounds, McNeal is the type of back that benefits from sharing carries with other backs and getting the most out of less carries.
That's where Silas Redd comes in.
Redd, one of the highest-profile players to transfer out of Penn State, was a huge addition to the Trojan roster and should make this offense even better, if that's possible. Redd was a stud for the Nittany Lions last season, rushing for 1,241 yards and seven rushing touchdowns on a team without much of a passing attack and a struggling offensive line.
With Barkley and Co. spreading defense's thing, running lanes should consistently open up, and with McNeal and Redd, the Trojans have two backs that can take full advantage of that space and gouge teams with the run.
With McNeal and Redd keeping teams honest, USC's balance will be hard for anyone to handle.