USC ranked fourth in the Pac-12 in rushing last season, averaging 185.1 yards per game with much of that production coming from junior Ronald Jones II. With Jones off to the NFL, the Trojans must find a new go-to back for 2018.
Or, as coach Clay Helton thinks is the best way, several of them.
Helton doesn't think you can have just one RB. No one is going to get 40 carries a game.
This year they'll look to get a rotation then feed the hot hand.
— Reign of Troy (@ReignofTroy) March 21, 2018
Helton made this comment after USC’s fourth spring practice on Tuesday, the first since March 9 because of Spring Break at the school. And like the previous three workouts, that one didn’t include sophomore Stephen Carr who is out after having back surgery in early March.
Though not having USC’s top leading rusher available for the spring puts in question how effective he could be this fall, his absence does help the Trojans develop the rest of its running backs. And if Helton does intend to split the carries up much more than a year ago, when Jones’ 261 were 196 more than any other running back, the Trojans will need as many dependable ball carriers as possible.
That includes Aca’Cedric Ware, who will be a senior in 2018. He had 49 carries for 247 yards with a touchdown last year but is hoping some added bulk will get him more touches.
Aca'Cedric Ware is up 10 pounds at 215. Helton says that Ware saw how extra weight benefited Ronald Jones and copied what he did this offseason.
— Keely Eure (@keelyismyname) March 21, 2018
In addition to Ware, the other running back who figures to get more run with Carr out include sophomore Vavae Malepeai. He ran for 261 yards on 49 carries in 2017.
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