USC announced earlier this week that Trojan running back Silas Redd is out against Stanford with a knee injury and that Tre Madden is “probable” with his hamstring. That means he’s not 100% healed, but he could contribute.
As far as USC running backs go, one man’s misfortune is another man’s opportunity. With Madden’s hamstring and Redd’s knee, an opportunity arose for a third string sophomore named Javorius Allen.
When pressed into action out of necessity, Allen responded. At Oregon State on November 1st he carried the ball 16 times for 133 yds. and three touchdowns. Allen also caught 4 passes for 41 yds. as he helped USC to a 31-14 win.
The next week against Cal, Allen only had six carries. He gained 135 yds. and scored two touchdowns. In his limited playing time Allen was thrown a pass out of the backfield. The 6′-1″ 210 lb. combination of power and speed took it 57 yds for another score as USC buried Cal 62-28.
So Redd is out and Madden is “probable.” This week’s game is agains