In the long history of USC football, there have been a number of great running backs that have ran thru the coliseum. This year, sophomore Ronald Jones II is creating his own legacy as one of the great backs in school history.
After a very good freshman year Jones, was poised to build off the hype and help lead the explosive USC offense. After a slow start and an injury to Justin Davis, Jones has exploded in these last couple games and is showing us why he is that most explosive back since Reggie Bush. Two weeks in the win against Cal, Jones ran for 223 yards which equaled a school record. The following week he ran for 171 yards and four touchdowns in the win over Oregon. The four touchdowns were the first time a USC running back has accomplished that feat since the great Lendale White did it in 2005. Jones continued his stellar play with 93 yards and a touchdown in a big win over #4 Washington. Jones has taken advantage of his increased playing time and is putting up incredible numbers.
What separates Jones from a lot of other college running backs is his ability to run physical while displaying elite speed at the same time. Once he reaches the second level in a defense he is hard to take down. Last season Jones set the USC freshman record with 987 rushing yards. Though the comparisons to Reggie Bush may be a little too much at the moment, Jones has definitely showed he can make highlight reel plays every time he touches the ball. If the Trojans want to continue to have a chance at a Pac-12 tittle, they will need his stellar play to continue.
Though he probably will not get any Heisman talk this season, Jones should definitely be on the hype train next year. With a big game against rival UCLA this week followed by rival Notre Dame, Jones will be a key factor keeping this Trojan train moving.