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USC's top 2 running backs won't make Hawaii trip

By Ferd Lewis

LAST UPDATED: 12:18 p.m. HST, Aug 27, 2013

USC's two most veteran running backs will not be with the 24th-ranked Trojans when they travel to Honolulu today for Thursday's season opener against the University of Hawaii.

"Silas Redd and D.J. Morgan have been ruled out (medically) for this game, so we're not bringing them on this trip so they can stay here and rehab (injuries)," head coach Lane Kiffin said on the Pac-12 football coaches conference call today.

Redd, a senior, ran for 905 yards in 2012 and has a combined 2,583 career rushing yards and 18 touchdowns at Penn State and USC. Morgan, a junior, ran for 201 yards last season.

Kiffin said he will look to four younger running backs, sophomores Javorius Allen and Tre Madden, and freshmen Justin Davis and Ty Isaac.

Of the four only Allen carried the ball last season.  Allen had six carries for 32 yards last season.

"They don't have much game experience, but (they are) some guys we are very excited about from what they have shown in practice," Kiffin said. "We anticipate all of them playing."

Davis, a 6-foot, 1-inch, 200 pounder, was a high school All-American running for 1,806 yards on 229 carries (7.9 avg.) with 23 TDs at Lincoln High in Stockton, Calif.

Kiffin said he hasn't determined if both sophomore quarterbacks, Max Wittek and Cody Kessler, will play equally against UH. "I don't know that yet," Kiffin said.

Kickoff for the nationally televised game at Aloha Stadium is 5 p.m.

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salsacoquibx wrote:
USC could probably beat us with their practice squad..Don't see anything for UH this year..
on August 27,2013 | 09:51AM
allie wrote:
USC is not much of a team this year and has been injured. Great chance to win!
on August 27,2013 | 12:57PM
Anonymous wrote:
wanna bet on that?
on August 28,2013 | 08:39AM
Eradication wrote:
Us? You aren't part of "us". there are those of US who believe that this is a new season and that WE have a chance against anyone.
on August 27,2013 | 01:22PM
Anonymous wrote:
All games will start out even 0-0. How they end that is up to who wants it most...
on August 28,2013 | 08:40AM
kauaiguy wrote:
UH will be much improved, what are you talking about??!!..........Offense and Defense will be much better, special teams, I am not sure but schedule is much tougher!!
on August 27,2013 | 10:07AM
boshio wrote:
so will all the teams they play will be much improved.
on August 27,2013 | 10:30AM
salsacoquibx wrote:
Ohhhh I forgot Chowtime..see a promising season..really?
on August 27,2013 | 11:15AM
808warriorfan wrote:
While I agree w/ you I just don't think it will show in the win/loss column. We're still a recruiting class or 2 away from really competing
on August 27,2013 | 12:45PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Normally one would yell YEAHHHHH until you realize that the number 3 guy on the dept chart could most probably start for 99 percent of the division one college teams.
on August 27,2013 | 10:09AM
bodai808 wrote:
Normally I'd be excited to see the top 2 running backs from the opposing team cannot play, but this is USC, they cut running backs that would normally start in the Mountain West. So although I will be cheering my heart out for UH to win, I'd be happy if they kept it close!!
on August 27,2013 | 10:33AM
Squiggs wrote:
Go Bows!
on August 27,2013 | 11:59AM
control wrote:
hmmm, maybe I should take the points.....lol....yeah, right.
on August 27,2013 | 12:08PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Took last year and gonna take again!
on August 27,2013 | 12:30PM
st1d wrote:
great, now it will be backups doing all they can to show that they should be starters.
on August 27,2013 | 01:54PM
false wrote:
Dream on die hard fans till Thursday night. Thats when you'll all realize that UH is a pushover, an embarrassment to NCAA Div I football. This season will be another same old, same old story as in the Fred VonAppen era. UH football is dead.
on August 27,2013 | 02:54PM
rtabata wrote:
UH football is dead only if you don't believe in them. Besides, give our team credit for their effort. They work their butts off more than most of us could endure. As long as they are trying their best, they deserve all they support we can provide. They are doing the heavy lifting--all we are doing is enjoying the game. Aloha!
on August 27,2013 | 08:49PM
ricekidd wrote:
USC STATS: STARTERS: All American Bad Asses, 2nd string players: All American Great Players, 3rd string players: All American Good Players, Scout team : All American 2ns team players... UH Starters: All state... maybe all american some.... 2nd strinng: Great in highschool players, 3rd or scout teams players: Walkons and will be great players... Yea... its a BIG Difference...
on August 27,2013 | 03:29PM
tigerwarrior wrote:
Both Tre Madden and Justin Davis were high school all Americans. Ty Isaac may not have received the accolades of Tre and Justin--but many have drawn comparisons of Ty with Eddie George. These 3rd and 4th stringers will pack a wallop come game day at Aloha Stadium.
on August 27,2013 | 05:58PM
TaiBow wrote:
The spread is USC (-19). Warriors art Home - Let's do betta' than that!!! Time for a Surprise. . . . . . Go 'Bows!
on August 27,2013 | 07:03PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Whoever USC brings will be top rated - USC only recruits the cream of the crop of high school players.
on August 27,2013 | 10:16PM