Austin Murphy at SI.com has a great article called The Year of the Running Back and as you can guess USC is prominently featured.
In an ensuing 11-on-11 drill sophomore tailback Allen Bradford found a crease off left tackle, but his path was quickly impeded by a freshman defensive end. This was not just any freshman defensive end. This was Everson Griffen, a.k.a. Super Freak, a.k.a. Big E, a.k.a. E Train, the nation's top-rated schoolboy at his position last season, the one defensive coordinator Nick Holt was referring to last February when he said, "The guy is a frickin' beast!"
But so, it turns out, is Bradford, who derailed the E Train knocked him on his butt with a stiff-arm to the left ear hole that served the dual purpose of welcoming the freshman to the Pac-10 and temporarily silencing Norton.
There is no question that the running game nationally will get a lot of attention this season with the liks of Darren McFadden, Steve Slaton, Mike Hart, Ray Rice and the rich crop of talent that USC has in the stable. With quarterbacks winning the majority of Heisman Trophy's the past few years, outside of Reggie Bush, it is quite possible that the string gets broken this year. Darren McFadden seems to be the odds on favorite with a number of pundits, with John David Booty a distant second to some, so the with all the talent that has cropped up behind the QB position it is quite possible we could see a run on the trophy by a bunch of very talented running backs over the next couple of years.
In the end we all win as we could witness some real explosive production by known players and some up-and-coming talent out there.
Of course this is my favorite part of the piece.
He is really going to be fun to watch!
Then of course there is this...
God...is it football season yet!