Trojans looking for traditional fullback 

February, 14, 2012
Like the offensive line, fullbacks tend to be overlooked by fans and the media. Even though the position isn’t known for long runs or winning touchdowns, the fullback is vital to the success of the Trojans offense next season.

Last season, the Trojans were somewhat limited in the run game. With an offense that is typically known for its wide and outside zone running, the Trojans found its success running inside. While one half could be blamed to the offensive line having a difficult time with their techniques and landmarks when running it wide, the other half can be chalked up to a lack of a system fullback.

With all that being said, the offense still produced a 1,000 yard rusher in Curtis McNeal. Leading the way for McNeal were seniors Rhett Ellison and Ross Cumming. With Ellison a tight end originally and Cumming a linebacker, the two had little experience lining up in the backfield. Both did a good job considering the circumstances, but their lack of experience also played a part in limiting the offense’s play-calling.