USC Morning Links: Madden the Workhorse, Redd update and other links


RB Tre Madden Emerges as Trojans’ New Workhorse
(Trenise Ferreira |  Bleacher Report)

USC relied heavily on its ground game while it hammered out the quarterback situation, vaulting Madden into the spotlight. Now, the redshirt sophomore has made his presence known: He has 362 rushing yards on 66 carries, 54 receiving yards and one touchdown through three weeks of the season.

Madden is the first Trojan running back since Marcus Allen in 1981 to start the season with three consecutive 100-yard performances—and he wasn’t even originally slated to be the starter for USC this season.

Will this be the week USC tailback Silas Redd finally returns?
(Scott Wolf | LA Daily News)

Sources said recently Redd might return to practice this week after he obtained a second opinion on his knee from respected surgeon James Andrews last month. Andrews confirmed the information Redd received from USC doctors, according to sources, and did not find any further complications, which leaves the decision to Redd.

2013 NFL Week 2
(Jordan Moore | USC Rips It)

Three Trojans are on Monday Night Football tonight with Troy Polamalu, Rey Maualuga and Taylor Mays.  Here’s how the USC alums did over the weekend…

Johnson, Ruddins and Kessler Earn USC Student-Athlete of the Week Honors
(USCTrojans.com)

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler led the Trojans to a 35-7 victory over visiting Boston College on Saturday. In his first game after being named the season starter, Kessler was near perfect in his passing accuracy, at one point completing 14 consecutive passes, including a touchdown bomb to wide receiver Marqise Lee. He finished the game 15-of-17 (88.2%) for 237 yards and two touchdowns through three-plus quarters, before being relieved by backup Max Wittek after the first offensive series of the fourth quarter.

Utah State looks for ‘milestone’ victory against USC
(Gary Klein | Los Angeles Times)

In each of the last four seasons, Utah State has moved closer to upsetting opponents from Bowl Championship Series conferences. In 2009, Texas A&M defeated the visiting Aggies by eight points. The next year, Oklahoma won by seven. And in 2011, Auburn held off Utah State by four points. Last season, Utah State missed a field-goal attempt in the final seconds at Wisconsin, allowing the Badgers to escape with a 16-14 victory. Wisconsin, apparently impressed, hired Utah State’s Gary Andersen to be its coach last December. So Utah State comes to the Coliseum on Saturday intent on finally getting over the BCS hump against USC.

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