Reviving Tailback U

Once known for a rushing game that could overwhelm an opponents defense, the Trojans will look this season to revive a part of their game that was missing in 2011.

"Tailback U."

The name was once synonymous with "USC."

But the Trojans running game was down in 2011.

They rushed for only 1,951 yards last season. Good enough to be ranked just 51st in the FBS.

So what lies ahead on the ground in 2012?

"I hope to improve," said USC head coach Lane Kiffin. "I think we did improve in the second half of the (last) season compared to the first half."

The improvement came on the offensive line with the seasoning of four new starters, each playing a different position than they had been at before.

Even with the loss of left tackle Matt Kalil to the NFL, Kiffin thinks he has a senior who will be ready to step up.

"Curtis (McNeal) is coming back after 1,000 yard season," Kiffin said, "We're looking for him to improve there."

The Trojans' will also look to sophomore DJ Morgan, who turned in a 163 yard season in 2011 after starting the first two games.

"We are not very deep," said Kiffin, "But we would definitely like to improve our rushing stats." Top Stories