Javorius Allen got off to a slow start at USC. As a redshirt freshman in 2012, he carried the ball six times for 32 yards.
Through the first five games of the 2013 season, Allen only had 14 carries, including no playing time in the home loss to Washington State on Sept. 7.
Allen was given spot carries before he launched himself onto the scene against Oregon State.
By the numbers: 134 carries, 774 rushing yards, 5.78 yards per carry, 14 touchdowns.
What went right: Once Allen was provided with the opportunity to be the featured running back, his production immediately spiked.
Allen had five games where he carried the ball at least 15 times.
His single-game high in carries was 26, which came against Fresno State in the Trojans’ 45-20 Las Vegas Bowl victory.
Allen’s best performance in 2013 was in the aforementioned game against the Beavers.
Corvallis, Ore. had been a house of horrors for the Trojans, who were shorthanded in the backfield.
Allen carried the ball 16 times, racking up 133 yards and two touchdowns as he raced past the Beaver defense.
What went wrong: Allen didn’t hit the marquee total of 1,000 rushing yards.
However, that some of that can be attributed to his lack of playing time in the early stages of the season.
Against Stanford Allen only managed to tally 26 rushing yards. But again, that may be more about other circumstances than a poor reflection on Allen.
What’s next: Allen announced he will be returning to USC for a redshirt junior season.
The expectation is he should be able to build on his 2013 success.
Final Grade: A
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