USC RB Buck Allen “Potential Candidate” For Heisman

The last time a University of Southern California running back rushed for over 100-yards in six consecutive games was in 1981 by Marcus Allen. Allen switched to tailback in his final season at USC, where he’d become the first player in NCAA history to rush for over 2,000-yards in a single season. He passed the mark in a win at Cal and finished with 2,342-yards on the season.

Following that remarkable season, Allen would win the Heisman, Chic Harley, Maxwell, and Walter Camp trophies.

Considering USC takes on the California Golden Bears this Saturday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and running back Javorius Allen was just named a “potential candidate” by the Heisman trust, this game is going to have some fun narratives attached to it.

Much like the former Allen, Javorius “Buck” Allen was underutilized and rarely saw the football field early on. It wasn’t until Sept. 9, 2013 when Arizona State crushed the Trojans 62-41 in Tempe, when USC athletics director Pat Haden made the bold decision to fire head coach Lane Kiffin at the airport when the team touched down at LAX that night.

When defensive line coach Ed Orgeron was named as the Trojans’ interim head coach, he already knew what an asset Allen was, and immediately began rotating him into the game plans. The following week against the Arizona Wildcats, Allen scored two touchdowns in the Trojans’ 38-31 victory.

He would finish the season with 135 carries for 785-yards and 14 touchdowns, plus 22 receptions for 252-yards and a touchdown.

In 2014 so far, Allen has had 196 carries for 1,124-yards and eight touchdowns, with his biggest game at Arizona, where he’d register three touchdowns in the Trojans’ 28-26 road win.

For a season and career full of ironies, there’s good reason for the people who call USC and John McKay Center home, to be excited about the announcement. And it’s certainly an honor to even be recognized as a potential candidate for the nation’s most outstanding football player. So regardless of the outcome, it’s certainly a morale booster for the Trojans and “Tailback U”, as USC faces a much improved Cal team on Saturday.

Heisman electors will receive their ballots on Nov. 21. On Dec. 8 the candidates will be formally announced and receive their official invitations, and on Dec. 13 in New York City the Heisman Trust will announce the winner of the prestigious award on ESPN.

*Section Photo credit to Rick Scuteri, Associated Press; Featured Photo (above) credit to Jaime Valdez, USA Today Sports

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