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USC Spring Practice Preview: Running Backs

USC returns their 1-2 punch at running back of Justin Davis and Ronald Jones II.

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USC will be having competition for the starting quarterback position this spring after the graduation of Cody Kessler. One position that USC will be bringing back a ton of talent is running back (shocker). The one loss at running back for the Trojans is Tre Madden, who battled numerous injuries at USC but still managed to rush for over 1,100 yards and eight touchdowns during his career.

The Dynamic Duo

Sophomore Ronald Jones II (153 carries, 987 yards, 8 TDs) and senior Justin Davis (169 carries, 902 yards, 7 TDs) both had good years last year. Both will be relied on heavily this year, especially with a new quarterback and I am interested to see how the first-team reps work this spring. Jones II had some fantastic runs last year and I would like for the coaches to increase his workload this year. Davis was also 5th on the team in receptions and receiving yards last year and I would expect him to work with the quarterbacks at becoming the safety blanket on offense.


The other two running backs to watch are both sophomores. Dominic Davis is competing with the track team this season along with Adoree' jackson so I am not sure how much he will work with the football team this spring. He only had 14 carries for 69 yards and seven receptions for 102 yards last year. Aca'Cedric Ware didn't get as much of playing time that he would have liked last year but he did score a touchdown in USC's season-opener against Arkansas State. USC is always having competition so both guys will have opportunities to showcase their talents.