Ranking the 10 best USC running backs of all-time
9. LenDale White
The second of two non-All-Americans to make the cut, the circumstances of LenDale White’s career were the biggest barrier towards more individual recognition.
White happened to be at USC when all-everything super star Reggie Bush was filling up highlight reels. Funnily enough, it was White who emerged on the scene first, leading the Trojans in rushing during national championship runs in 2003 and 2004.
Ultimately White played second fiddle to Bush during his incredible 2005 season, but still managed to log his second 1,000-yard rushing season. And his 1,302 yards was good enough for No. 17 on USC’s single-season rushing chart.
The powerhouse rusher barreled his way through defenses in three seasons at USC, amassing 3,159 yards to rank No. 9 on the Trojans’ career rushing list.
Notably, White did outdo Bush in one important category — touchdowns. He owns USC’s single-season rushing touchdown record with 24 in 2005 and the Trojans’ career touchdown record with 52.
That almost makes up for his absence on USC’s wall of All-Americans.