It’s not logical to make comparisons between now and 15 years ago.
For example, USC had Matt Leinart, Mark Sanchez and John David Booty on the roster in 2005. That wouldn’t happen today. The transfer portal has turned college football into perpetual free agency, for better or worse.
And I wonder today what USC tailback Darwin Barlow thinks his role will be next season?
Travis Dye is No. 1. Austin Jones came to USC to play and improve his NFL draft stock.
I might be in the minority but I thought Brandon Campbell showed he could be in the mix off very limited carries last season. Raleek Brown probably fills a different role as a receiver/back type but he is a five-star and probably expects to play.
So how can everyone be happy? I think Barlow is affected most because he probably thought a month ago he might start next season.
Will he go through spring practice? Everyone gets to play in the spring so what would he learn from that? He’s got a lot of thinking to do.
- The running back additions had one massive effect: If nothing else, USC made Oregon and Stanford weaker, right?