1) Tre Madden is still USC’s best running back
It was a day to forget for running backs from both teams as Trojan and Ute running backs combined for 121 yards total. Of course, 60 of those yards were credited to Tre Madden. Madden missed the loss to Notre Dame with a hamstring injury and his return was more than welcome as the offensive line failed to get any push and Silas Redd lacked the necessary burst to find a footing against the formidable Utah defensive line. In fact, Redd was consistently met in the backfield and seven of his ten rushing attempts resulted in no gain or loss of yards. Madden faced similar challenges, but he was also quicker to hit even the smallest of holes opened by the offensive line and slid through a crowded box to finish with by far the best per rush average at 5.0.
Through Madden’s limited appearances against Arizona and absence against the Irish, Redd had stepped up and made a case for himself as one of USC’s key rushers. However, Madden proved on the day that his impact is much tougher to replace. When healthy, there’s no question, Tre Madden is the best option for the Trojans.