Polamalu excited by Madden's move
March, 21, 2012
By Erik McKinney | ESPN Insider
Cal Sport Media/AP ImagesTre Madden's move to running back is drawing raves from position coach Kennedy Polamalu.It's tough to call the move of Tre Madden from linebacker to tailback a success after just one practice at the position. But it was tougher not to notice the grin plastered across the face of running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu after Tuesday's practice. The normally stoic Polamalu is consistent in tempering expectations and taking things one day at a time. But he couldn't hide his excitement after coaching Madden for only a few hours.
"It was fun watching him," Polamalu said. "Believe me, he looked like a football player back there."
With Buck Allen still nursing a hamstring injury, the Trojans were down to just two scholarship backs before Madden's move, as senior starter Curtis McNeal and redshirt sophomore D.J. Morgan took virtually every rep. Polamalu was grateful that Madden, at 226 pounds, will supply some depth at the position, but he also commented on the fact Madden brings a fairly unique skill set.