Poston career ends due to injury

Trojan sophomore tailback Darryl Poston will be forced to end his playing career after doctors told him a spinal condition made it too dangerous for him to play.

The move had been rumored for weeks as reports lingered about the possibility of a back injury and USC coach Pete Carroll commented in a chat room last month that "we are always careful when a spine injury is involved".

Poston provided speed and elusive moves and was expected to be a major contributor to the Trojan run game next season after a solid performance last spring. USC will graduate three senior tailbacks which leaves them with freshman Hershel Dennis as the only returner with experience in 2003.

Darryl scored one touchdown this season (4 carries total for -2 yards) and also scored one touchdown last year as a true freshman (8 carries for 16 yards, 1 catch for 10 yards).

He came to the Trojans as an All-American out of Edison HS where he was the all-time leading rusher at the school with 3,419 yards and 29 td's. He also starred in track for the Chargers.

We wish Darryl the best of luck with his rehabilitation.

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