Fresh Start for C.J. Gable

C.J. Gable's drive to get back on the field has been on display with his work on the field and in the weight room this offseason. With the help of new strength and conditioning coach, Aaron Ausmus, Gable has added muscle to his frame and now weighs 212 pounds. Look inside for more.

USC tailback C.J. Gable remained on the sidelines of Howard Jones Field long after the conclusion of a recent players-only throwing workout, casually chatting with members of the media, with a big smile on his face while exuding a quiet confidence.

It was a pleasant surprise to see the senior from Sylmar, who spent a good deal of the 2009 season frustrated by a lack of playing time, opening up to reporters about what he sees as a fresh start with the coming of spring practice.

"It's always good to start over and now I have a clean slate," he said. "(Lane) Kiffin was here my freshman year, so he already knows how I am, and he started me my freshman year. I am just going to come out and go hard because we are trying to win the championship."

In 2006, Gable became USC's first true freshman to start the season opener at tailback, which is quite an impressive feat considering the Trojans' have produced several legendary backs like Marcus Allen, Mike Garrett and Reggie Bush.

But it has been a trying past couple of years; with the tailback spending most of the past season watching from the sidelines.

"Sitting out last year was the worst that I have ever felt in my life," he admitted. "I didn't like that."

Gable received just 24 carries a year ago, despite having obvious talent and 18 career starts, but the focus is now about getting back on track and finishing off his career with a solid senior campaign.

"I didn't feel like I helped the team out," he said. "I felt like I let the team down because I wasn't in there, and this year I am not doing that. I am going to do whatever they want me to do and get on that field."

His drive to get back on the field has been on display with his work on the field and in the weight room this offseason. With the help of new strength and conditioning coach, Aaron Ausmus, Gable has added muscle to his frame and now weighs 212 pounds.

"Ausmus is getting us big. I like his work. I am going in there working real hard and sweating out of my mind," he said. "With him, he is in there with us when we are doing squats, pushing us and making us go even harder."

With Joe McKnight and Stafon Johnson headed to the NFL, the backfield suddenly isn't as crowded as it once was, and there will be plenty of carries up for grabs this Spring.

Allen Bradford will likely to get the bulk of the workload in 2010, but Gable has the opportunity to secure the No.2 spot on the depth chart and get back to being a key contributor for the Trojans.

"I feel like I haven't lived up to the hype with my freshman year and I just want to show people that I am the real deal," Gable said.


USC tailback C.J. Gable has bulked up for his senior season.


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