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By Editorial Staff
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Allen Bradford, RB, USC:

Bradford was a 5 star high school player recruited by USC coach Pete Carrol to play on the defensive side of the ball, but after a short stint at safety, he was shifted to the offensive back field and has remained there throughout his college career.

The depth at the RB position has limited Bradford’s chances, but he is took advantage of his time as a senior. He ran for 668 yards and eight scores in 2009. Bradford is a load, he has a powerful body, topping 230lbs and he can run very hard between the tackles.

What separates him from other big backs is his breakaway speed. Give him the slightest opening, and he will hit the hole and out run the defense to the end zone. He also made 2009 All-Pac-10 honorable mention.

In 2010 Bradford saw action in 12 games, including three starts at running back, and was the second leading rusher for the Trojans with 794 yards and five rushing touchdowns.  He led the Trojans with a 7.2 yard per carry average.

The USC offensive line has done a great job opening massive running lanes for him this season, but there have been times where he’s had to put his head down and pick up the tough yardage, and he has excelled there.

Bradford’s physical tools and leadership qualities will impress people in the post season. He is the type of player that could have a much bigger impact at the NFL level than he has had in college.

"You can see his explosiveness, the great hand-eye coordination he has and the big plays in him. He’s tough, he’s physical, he plays hard every day, he won’t back down from any challenge. The players respect him because they know he’s hard as nails and brings it. It’s a quiet toughness. — Former USC head coach Pete Carroll"