This Saturday, the USC Trojans will be participating in their annual spring game. Position battles are currently underway and one of them is involving the running backs. There is a whole that needs to be filled with the departure of their leading rusher in Travis Dye. Hopefully, he will be hearing his name at some point during the upcoming NFL Draft.
One of the possibilities could be coming from Sophomore running back Raleek Brown. He had 42 attempts last season for 227 yards (5.4 yards/play) and three touchdowns. He also contributed to the passing game by hauling in 16 catches (3 TDs) for 175 yards.
Luke Huard, USC’s inside wide receivers coach, spoke to the media the other day. This is what he had to say about Brown:
""He spends extra time trying to learn the offense, learn the playbook. His effort and engagement level has been really, really, really good.”"- Keely Eure from USC Athletics
Huard would continue to praise Brown by saying:
"“He has a variety of skill sets. I've been impressed, but you know, we've still got a lot of work to do and we've got some time to do it.""- Keely Eure from USC Athletics
It’s true, Brown does have a variety of skill sets. As a freshman, he even returned kicks during last season. He had 24 returns for a total of 517 yards. That was good enough to be ranked number 22 in the nation for combined kick returns.
He will be competing against redshirt senior Austin Jones and incoming transfer redshirt junior MarShawn Lloyd. The betting favorites would be one of those two running backs and they could be splitting carries for the first couple of games unless someone can separate from the competition. Brown may need to wait his turn and be happy with returning kicks for now.