Redshirt sophomore tailback Javorius “Buck” Allen has decided to return to USC and put off the NFL for one more season.
Allen’s career at USC got off to an inauspicious start as he had only six carries while appearing in just three games in 2012 as a redshirt freshman.
2013 eventually provided Allen with much more opportunities to showcase the skills that the Tallahassee, Fla. product was known for during his days at Lincoln High School.
Allen’s breakout game came on Nov. 1 against Oregon State, where he helped lead the Trojans to a 31-14 victory with 16 carries for 133 yards and three touchdowns.
He followed that up the next week with a six-carry, 133-yard performance in a win over Cal, en route to rushing for two more touchdowns.
In the final three games of the season, Allen totaled 67 carries for 343 yards, and six touchdowns.
Allen’s emergence earned him USC’s player of the year award.
Under the tutelage of running backs Tommie Robinson, Allen arguably was the largest beneficiary from Lane Kiffin’s firing.
Some were concerned Steve Sarkisian’s decision to not keep Robinson on staff may have been enough to push Allen to the NFL.
Instead, Allen will return with the likeliness of being a featured back in Sarkisian’s offense.
Allen joins Hayes Pullard as the second Trojan to announce his return is as many days.
Thus far, Dion Bailey, Xavier Grimble, Marqise Lee, Marcus Martin and George Uko are the Trojans who have entered the draft.