USC Trojans running back Tre Madden has decided to sit out the rest of the season to focus on having a breakout year in 2015.
After suffering a turf-toe injury in fall camp, Madden has not been able to get on the field this season. The junior consulted with his family and head coach Steve Sarkisian, deciding it was best for him to not risk further injury.
Madden’s career at USC has been riddled with injuries. He missed the entire 2012 season with a knee injury. In 2013, he was off to a great start through the first five games of the season, rushing for 583 yards and accounted for six total touchdowns. However, he suffered a hamstring injury that slowed him down tremendously, rushing for just 92 yards the rest of the way.
The Trojans and Madden will apply for a medical redshirt which would give him two more years of eligibility if approved.
“We’re moving forward,” his father Curtis told the OC Register. “It’s disappointing that he’s not going to be able to contribute this season. But there’s next year and the year after that.”
If Madden can come back strong next year, the Trojans will have a potent one-two punch between Madden and Javorius Allen, only if Allen decides to stay in school and not declare for the NFL draft.
*Section Photo credit to Stephen Dunn, Getty Images; Featured Photo (above) credit to Gary A. Vasquez, USA Today Sports.