USC football depth chart 2019: Spring Camp projected starting lineup

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Running Back

Projected Co-Starter: Stephen Carr, Jr.

If healthy, Carr is USC’s most gifted runner. The trouble has been the “healthy” part of the equation. Having been cleared for winter workouts, Carr should be able to participate in his first Spring Camp at least. With any luck, he will be able to establish himself as the undisputed starter while giving new Harrell plenty of reasons to find uses for him in the new scheme.

Projected Co-Starter: Vavae Malepeai, RS-Jr.

Update 3/27 — Malepeai sat out much of Week 2 with illness, but he came back strong in Week 3, for the first time getting to show his stuff in full pads and live contact. He is USC’s most well-rounded running back, with a tough, effective running style along with pass blocking skill and pass catching ability. For that reason, it’s hard to see him as anything other than a co-starter.

Rotation: Markese Stepp, RS-Fr.

Update 3/25 — If there was any doubt about Stepp working his way into the rotation, they were answered in Week 2 of camp when he took advantage of Carr and Malepeai’s absence due to illness. Stepp was powerful and hard to bring down as a runner in live tackling periods. Reps may still be hard to come by with the other two back to full fitness, but Stepp is certainly making his case.

Reserve: Kenan Christon, Fr.

Christon will arrive in summer, and with just four scholarship running backs on board, he may have a role to play this season. New redshirt rules may benefit him greatly.

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