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USC football running backs preview: Justin Davis, Tre Madden fight off talented true freshmen

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2015 USC Football Position Preview: Running Backs [Michal Mahan, Conquest Chronicles]: "Buck Allen jumped to the NFL despite having another year of eligibility. Can the “thunder/lightning” combo of Justin Davis and Tre Madden fill his spot? "

Even with Cody Kessler, USC is run first [Ted Miller, ESPN]: ""We are a run-first team," coach Steve Sarkisian said. "And I know sometimes everybody thinks USC and Cody and 39 [passing] touchdowns and all this stuff, but we're going to run the football. I've been a head coach for six years now. I've had a thousand-yard rusher every year. We're going to run the football.""

Wednesday Instant Analysis [Ryan Abraham, USCFootball.com]: "Freshman running back Ronald Jones has showed tremendous flashes of speed through the first five days of fall camp."

Monday Instant Analysis - Fall Camp day 3 [Ryan Abraham, USCFootball.com]: "Fullback Soma Vainuku made some big plays for the Trojans towards the end Monday's practice."

Q&A with Johnny Nansen [TrojanSports.com]: "Johnny Nansen believes one freshman tailback is ahead of the others. He also believes one kicker is currently ahead in terms of kick-off responsibilities."

Aca’Cedric Ware Making Move [Inside USC]: "USC assistant Johnny Nansen said freshman RB Aca’Cedric Ware is way ahead of other freshmen backs in knowing assignments"

Footnotes - Day 4 [Adam Maya, TrojanSports.com]: "Notes and observations from Tuesday's practice, highlighted by the play of tailback Tre Madden"

Mission Viejo's Madden is eager to put injuries behind him [Michael Lev, Orange County Register]: "The Mission Viejo High product has missed two of his first four seasons at USC because of injuries. "I'm just hungry," Madden said. "I just love playing football. Being on the field is awesome. ... When I'm on the field, I'm not thinking about injuries. I'm just trying to execute the play.""

VIDEO: USC Tailback Tre Madden Feels Stronger, Healthier [Scott Wolf, Inside USC]