August 7, 2007

Tailback Notebook

As the much awaited 2008 football season gets underway, grueling summer workouts and fundamental throwing sessions has sparked much anticipation for fall camp, as the number one ranked Trojans begin implementing their final installments for their championship run.

The highly touted Trojans bring a very experienced group into fall camp, and will use a stellar recruiting class to fill in some key spots.

As the first day of fall camp officially begins, there are a few questions that remain unanswered. While the Trojans return a solid defense with 10 starters, they also return 10 deep at running back, which has quickly turned renowned "Tailback U" into, "Tailback Who and How Many"?

With a stable of four and five-star running back talents whom could potentially play anywhere in the country, USC has the luxury of depth and competition that will provide much excitement throughout the duration of fall camp.

Therefore,, will be chronicling the Trojan running back's battle for a starting position, bringing you up close and personal with depth chart developments, reports, player features, and more. So stay tuned, as the story unfolds.

Out of the gates: Bradford, Johnson and McKnight

The first day of fall camp provided a sneak peak of things to come. Although the Trojans were in shorts and helmets, the high levels of intensity, energy, and competition led to a very productive day at the office.

The defense and offense were surprisingly crisp for the first day of fall practice - appearing as though the throwing sessions throughout the summer developed good chemistry on both sides of the ball. The defense looked very stifling and aggressive; while the offensive pass game appeared to be up to the task of producing another 2,000-plus yards of production despite losing Steve Smith and Dwayne Jarrett.

Patrick Turner, David Ausberry, and Vidal Hazelton, looked very impressive for the first day, making some spectacular grabs in tight coverage, while Stafon Johnson, Joe McKnight, and Travon Patterson looked very explosive as they consistently got open out of the slot. The Trojans will look to these players to be the cornerstones of the passing attack, which will aid Heisman candidate John David Booty in becoming the third USC quarterback in six years to win the coveted trophy.

Monday, the running back battle appeared to be wide open, with reps being spread amongst all of the talented backs. C.J. Gable, Chauncey Washington, and Emmanuel Moody did not get many reps in the first day of practice.

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