September 9, 2009

Practice Insider: RB's learning their roles

Stafon Johnson stood alone in the end zone at the Coliseum for a split second. He pointed to the sky, like he does after every score, and waited to be mobbed by his teammates.

Later Saturday in USC's opener, Johnson burst across the goal line again for a second score. But despite the two scores, he only rushed for 27 yards.

With a new offensive coordinator and a new playcaller, the running back-by-committee approach used over the past few seasons has gotten tweaked, and Johnson has been given a specific job: get the tough yards.

"He's so instinctive and creative," USC head coach Pete Carroll said. "He ran a power play last week and was nailed in the backfield. He spun out and made a six or seven-yard play out of it.

"He's just remarkably talented out of making something happen when he has to."

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