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USC football: Three seniors with the most to prove in 2020

USC football running back Stephen Carr (Harry How/Getty Images)
USC football running back Stephen Carr (Harry How/Getty Images) /
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USC football running back Stephen Carr (Harry How/Getty Images)
USC football running back Stephen Carr (Harry How/Getty Images) /

Which USC football seniors have the most to prove this season?

The 2020 USC football season is just days away. That means there are a shrinking number of hours between the Trojans’ senior class and another chance to make an impact.

Seniors like Tyler Vaughns have already made their mark. For the wide receiver, the job is simply to solidify his legacy.

Others, however, still have plenty to achieve. Here are the three with the most left to prove:

USC football senior with something to prove: Stephen Carr

Back in 2017, if you had predicted Stephen Carr would stay at USC long enough to have a senior season, you might have been ridiculed. The five-star stud from Fontana. was destined to follow in Ronald Jones II’s footsteps as the next exciting running back in cardinal and gold.

Obviously, that hasn’t come to pass.

It’s not that Carr hasn’t been productive. Mostly he’s been limited. Injuries have gotten in the way of him ever building up a head of steam. He has one more opportunity to bring it all together.

The tough part is figuring out how much of an impact he could actually have. Carr had 396 yards and five touchdowns on 72 carries in 2019 while missing three games. There are certainly more yards to be had, but there is also a crowd of running backs looking to eat.

Redshirt senior Vavae Malepeai has something prove as well. So do younger, but also talented prospects like Markese Stepp and Kenan Christon. It won’t be easy to become “the guy,” though the competition would make pulling it off even more impressive.

Reviews from training camp have been strong for Carr, who is likely to take on a featured role early with injuries slowing Malepeai and Stepp.

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