The USC Trojans are known to find some elite talent on the recruiting trail, but sometimes that talent doesn’t make an immediate impact. That doesn’t appear to be the case for early-enrollee Justin Davis who should find the field early and often during his freshman season. If he can build off a strong showing in spring practice, Davis might even push his way into the starting lineup.
Davis was one of seven incoming freshmen to enroll early in order to participate in spring practice. There, he got the opportunity to take the bulk of the carries with the first team offense while returning starter Silas Redd and veterans D.J. Morgan and Tre Madden sat out with injuries. He took that opportunity and ran with it, turning the heads of USC coaches and Lane Kiffin in particular.
Following a particularly impressive scrimmage where Davis exploded for 116 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown, Kiffin told reporters that it was possible he might become the No. 1 tailback in 2013. He has quite a bit of ground to cover to catch up to Redd, who rushed for 905 yards last season while battling injuries, and has plenty to learn about the responsibilities of a running back in the Trojans’ offense. But the talent is there and he appears ready to bring it on the major college stage right away.
Kiffin is committed to getting the best guys on the field next season (since his job likely depends on it) no matter the age or experience of the player. If Davis can continue his strong play from the spring through fall camp, look for him to seize a major role in the USC attack in 2013.