Joe McKnight will start at tailback for USC in opener
McKnight, a junior, will be making his third career start, but his first in an opener.
“Joe has a whole variety of things he does,” Carroll said. “He has a wider spectrum than the other guys…. He runs routes like a wide receiver, catches the ball outside and can do things very well in the backfield.”
McKnight rushed for 659 yards and averaged 7.4 yards per carry during an injury-plagued 2008 season. He also caught 21 passes.
McKnight is expected to work in a rotation with senior Stafon Johnson and fourth-year juniors Allen Bradford and C.J. Gable.
Gable started the last three openers for the Trojans.
-- Gary Klein
Photo: USC tailback Joe McKnight. Credit: Alex Gallardo / Los Angeles Times