USC: Joseph Randle

Taking advantage of a weakness

September, 29, 2011
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Arizona, USC's opponent this Saturday, is a 1-3 team that probably is better than than record considering the quality of its opponents.

But the Wildcats do have one easily discernible weakness: They struggle defending the run.

In its last three games, Arizona has given up an average of 285 rushing yards per game, a ridiculously high number boosted by LaMichael James' record-setting 288-yard performance last week. But Stanford's Stepfan Taylor and Oklahoma State's Joseph Randle had similar success too, gaining 7.4 yards per rush against the Wildcats' porous front seven.

But James, Taylor and Randle all have one thing in common: They're quick. USC's No. 1 running back, Marc Tyler, is not, as evidenced by his struggle to break most runs past the 15-yard mark. And that naturally lowers the Trojans' expectations for what they can accomplish against the Arizona defense.

"It is what it is," coach Lane Kiffin said Thursday. "You can’t all of a sudden make a guy really fast. We’re doing the best to put him in the best situations with his ability. Obviously you always want a home run hitter and a guy that last week on those runs has some explosive longer runs.

"We've just got to use what we have and make the best of him and find different ways to use him.”

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2013 TEAM LEADERS

PASSINGATTCOMPYDSTD
C. Kessler361236296820
RUSHINGCARYDSAVGTD
J. Allen1357855.814
T. Madden1387035.13
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
M. Lee5779113.94
N. Agholor5691816.46
TEAMRUSHPASSTOTAL
Offense174.2218.1392.3
TEAMPFPAMARGIN
Scoring28.521.37.2