Everyone is doing lists these days.
So let’s pick the top 5 tailbacks in USC history. I list mine below. I’m fine with either O.J. Simpson or Charles White being No. 1.
1. Charles White
White could get the physical yards and be a breakaway threat. What more could you want? The final drive of the Rose Bowl vs. Ohio State says it all.
2. O.J. Simpson
He’s generally listed No. 1. I can’t disagree. And he had the most memorable run in USC history.
3. Marcus Allen
The amount of carries he had were staggering. He had 40-or-more carries in five games in 1981.
4. Ricky Bell
If he had not gotten injured, he might have been in the top 2. His highlight was rushing for 347 yards against Washington State in the Kingdome.
5. Reggie Bush
It’s pretty easy for me to find people who say he was overrated because he wasn’t a conventional “run inside the tackles” back.
But if you look at games like Virginia Tech, Fresno State, Stanford, etc., he was the reason USC won those games. And how do you ignore the career average of 7.3 yards per carry?
OK, now it’s your turn.