Pretty much anything you read about USC this offseason focuses on its ridiculous, probably unprecedented cadre of backfield VHTs, and rightly so. To recap, in addition to the recent transfer of the nation's third top-ranked quarterback prospect in four years, using the post-Spring roster and Phil Steele's handy amalgamated recruiting rankings:
|•||C.J. Gable||Soph.||PS #9|
|•||Joe McKnight||True Fr.||#1*|
|•||Stafon Johnson||Soph.||PS #3|
|•||Allen Bradford||Soph.||PS #3 (LB)|
|•||Chauncey Washington||5th Yr. Sr.||PS #12|
|•||Marc Tyler||True Fr.||#2*|
|•||Emmanuel Moody||Soph.||PS #6|
|•||Broderick Green||True Fr.||#14*|
The ratings for the incoming freshmen are approximated from Rivals' list, and not included is senior Desmond Reed, who was lowly PS #45 as a DB coming in, or sophomore fullback Stanley Havili (PS #39), whose injury helped kill the power running game last year. It was no surprise that injuries and inexperience - the three primary backs were all newcomers, either as true freshmen (Gable and Moody) or a finally-in-line academic latecomer (Washington) - made the SC running game a mediocrity in `06, but even with an unusually harsh 75 percent bust/injury/bonehead rate, there remain at least two first-rate talents in tow at any given time.
That, of course, is not news. But L.A. Post beat guy Scott Wolf, apparently coming across a few "veteran" Trojans out at dinner last week, did come up with something of an insider scoop on their opinion of who'll eventually emerge as the feature guy. The blazing Gable? The slashing Moody? The consistent Washington? One of the noobs?
Dennis: Just running, is all.
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But forge on, Mssr. Dennis, rage ahead, for the Rockies and Oakland-era Jerry Rices and would-be washed up old men everywhere. You were USC before USC was cool, when Nelly was only beginning to get a skosh warm in herre and Pete Carroll was just another overcaffeinated, 6-6 NFL retread off a 10-6 loss to Utah in the Las Vegas Bowl (and with abs of unknown definition). Lace up ya Air Force Ones and show these bandwagon whippersnappers how old school Trojans represent (uh, not that Old School Trojan).