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USC Trojans Football: Spring Tailback Report

Kyle BunchSenior Analyst IApril 3, 2008

With leading rusher Chauncey Washington off to the NFL, we know the Stafon Johnson- Joe McKnight tandem is going to see significant playing time in 2008. But what about the rest of the tailbacks crowding the stable? What about the young, the injured, the men working to get back into the mix?

CJ Gable should see some playing time after a stomach injury/surgery forced him to redshirt in 2007. Coming back on the experienced ball-handler ticket, reports say Gable hasn't missed a beat and is running tough as ever.

Then there's junior Alan Bradford, who has been singled out as the most impressive surprise after practice week No. 1. Running back's coach Todd McNair has described Bradford as playing "with a chip on his shoulder." And that's the only way to play when you're competing with the best tailbacks in the nation for a spot on the field.

Then there's Marc Tyler and Broderick Green, who both redshirted in 2007 and want to be in the mix in 2008. But with the backfield already so crowded, they're more likely to play bigger roles in future seasons. That said, there's a chance for all of them yet. Pete Carroll isn't known for playing favorites because he's known for playing playmakers. And with a week left in Spring practice, and the whole summer still ahead, a lot of things can still change.

Competition Tuesday is every Tuesday, and if you don't play your hardest, Pete will have no problem plopping you down on the bench. Then, knock on wood, if there's injury, illness, attitude, academics, probation, scandal and arrest (hey, I'm just being real) you may get another shot.

Basically, it ain't over 'til it's over and it's only just begun.


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