Notre Dame Football Opponent Preview: USC Trojans Offense

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Oct 10, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans tailback Tre Madden (23) is pursued by Arizona Wildcats cornerback Jonathan McKnight (6) on a 62-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Rushing (200.3ypg – 39th in the nation)

Madden, a redshirt sophomore who missed last season due to a knee injury, has been nothing short of brilliant in 2013. Averaging 5.3 yards per carry, Madden has accrued 611 yards and 3 touchdowns, which averages to 116ypg.  Madden has also collected 13 receptions for 198 yards, good for third on the team.  Madden has the talent to break tackles at the line of scrimmage and run past defensive backs at the next level.  A former read option quarterback in high school who was recruited as a linebacker Madden has adjusted well to his “Mr Everything” role in USC’s offense.

The production of Madden and his counterpart Justin Davis (6 TDs on the season) seem even more impressive when you consider the mediocre performance of USC’s offensive line.  The Trojans rank 98th in the nation in TFL allowed and 110th in the nation in pass sacks allowed.  In tape of USC’s games against Washington State and Arizona State offensive linemen, on several occasions, completely miss blocking assignments or block no one at all.  Madden and Davis gain most of their yards after first contact in the backfield or at the line of scrimmage.  If USC’s offensive line can improve, this team could have a top ten rushing attack.

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