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Bell laid a foundation at "Tailback U"

Bruiser left his footprint on USC's Heisman legacy ... and defenders who pursued him

Updated: September 29, 2011, 10:32 AM ET
By Brian Kamenetzky | ESPN.com

USC has seen a number of all-world tailbacks, but perhaps no other provided such a full sensory experience as Ricky Bell.

"He was so violent as a runner," said John Robinson, who coached Bell during his senior season in 1976.

Whereas opponents frequently lacked opportunities to lay a hand on legendary USC running backs like Anthony Davis, Charles White and Marcus Allen, Bell tried to make sure someone felt him on every carry.

"He was a collision runner, ...

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