Wednesday, April 18, 2007
SPOTLIGHT: Allen Bradford
One of the top recruits of Pete Carrol's #1 rated 2006 recruiting class, Allen Bradford, was poised to become another great USC linebacker or possibly safety. I won't even go into all the award and hype that surrounded this guy.However, with the slew of injuries that plagued USC during 2006, Bradford was needed to step up wherever Pete Carroll needed him. And that spot happened to be the fullback/tailback spot and on special teams. After scoring a touchdown in the first game against Arkansas, Bradford went on to rush for 42 yards on 13 carries (3.2 avg.) with a TD and caught 3 passes for 33 yards (11.0 avg.) with a TD. While having a slow freshman year in many opinions, Bradford appeared in all but one game in 2006 and showed his true team character by playing where the team needed him. Whether it was catching passes out of the backfield, blocking for Booty, or blowing up defenders while in the fullback spot or on special teams, Bradford has shown that he is a player to be reckoned with over the next 3 years. He has been described as "a fucking beast" by his teammates and coaches. And I think I speak for everyone when I say that only death can keep this guy off the field this season.