Gable Shines in Return

The re-emergence of USC tailback C.J. Gable was a real pleasant surprise on the Trojans first day in spring practice. Gable, who received a medical redshirt in 2007 after undergoing season-ending surgery on his injured groin, looked like he hadn't missed a beat running with confidence and authority.

The re-emergence of USC tailback C.J. Gable was a real pleasant surprise on the Trojans first day in spring practice. Gable, who received a medical redshirt in 2007 after undergoing season-ending surgery on his injured groin, looked like he hadn't missed a beat running with confidence and authority.

"I'm going to be back," Gable proudly proclaimed after Tuesday's practice. "One thing about me is I don't stop fighting. I am going to keep fighting and I am going to get back in the rotation. I am just going to keep on working hard like I did the past years since I got here."

While fellow tailbacks Joe McKnight and Stafon Johnson were making names for themselves on the field this past season, Gable spent most of his time quietly rehabbing his injured groin and getting prepared for his opportunity to compete once again.

"It was hard," Gable said when asked about missing last year due to injury. "I was coming in and doing rehab all the time to get it right for right now. I was working on my legs and my core to keep it strong."

Gable certainly appeared to be strong in his first action of the spring and if Tuesday's performance is any indication he will be a serious contender for the starting tailback spot.

"I feel really healthy and I have been running good," Gable said. "It wasn't hurting me at all. I have never felt this good before, I'm 100%."

With a backfield full of talented backs Gable is confident that he can work his way back to the top of the rotation with a solid return this spring.

"I just want to get back in the starting lineup and contribute for the whole game, like I know how to do. I'm going to just give everything that I got and leave it on the field this year," Gable said.

Whether he becomes the starting tailback or not, one thing Gable is sure of is that USC's offense is loaded with playmakers at every position.

"Our offense is young but we have a lot of talent, a lot of talent," Gable explained. "Once we get our offense clicking together with everybody on the same page and everyone working hard we are going to be unstoppable."

"We are going to come out and just do what we do. This is going to be a whole different team this year."


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