Even though he was the featured back in less than half of USC’s games this season, Javorius “Buck” Allen was announced as USC’s Player of the Year for 2013 during the Trojans annual awards banquet.
Allen rushed onto the scene with a 16 carry, 133 yard performance against Oregon State in the ninth game of the season. Prior to that game he had run for two touchdowns against Arizona but was not the featured back.
Injuries to Silas Redd, Tre Madden and Justin Davis opened the door for Allen and he didn’t hesitate to seize his shot at stardom. He scored eleven total touchdowns in USC’s final five games, including a score in the pivotal Stanford upset.
His emergence coincided with the Trojans’ post-Kiffin resurgence.
Also honored at the awards banquet was linebacker Devon Kennard, who took home the title of “Most Inspirational Player,” the Trojan Way Leadership Award with linebacker Hayes Pullard, the Howard Jones/Fooball Alumni Club Academic Award, and the Lifters Award along with freshman left tackle Chad Wheeler.
Fullback Soma Vainuku won the Special Teams Player of the Year Award while quarterback Cody Kessler won the Bob Chandler Award for the top underclassman and wide receiver Nelson Agholor won the John McKay Award for the most competitive underclassman.
Tight end Randall Telfer and wide out Marqise Lee shared the Courage Award. Center Marcus Martin and defensive end Leonard Williams were named Linemen of the Year.
Players who are often behind the scenes were also honored. Quarterback Conner Sullivan and linebacker Nick Schlossberg were named Service Team Players of the Year. The Joe Collins Walk-On Award was given to running back Taylor Ross.