Madden loss is a blow for Trojans 

April, 6, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- Three weeks ago Tre Madden was earning rave reviews as a reserve linebacker for the Trojans. Today, the news that he will miss the 2012 season after tearing ligaments in his left knee is a blow to the running back position.

It’s amazing to think how quickly fortunes can turn for a team and a player. There were high expectations for Madden’s role on the defense heading into spring and he looked great during the opening week of practices. The coaches had a need at running back, however, and they saw something in Madden that made them think he would succeed in the switch.

You can’t say with any certainty that Madden would have been a major contributor for the Trojans in the fall -- after all we only saw him for seven practices at running back before he got hurt. But the potential was clearly there.