Up to the challenge
Soma Vainuku's emergence giving the Trojans more backfield options
Updated: August 19, 2012, 2:20 PM ETBy Greg Katz | WeAreSC.com
LOS ANGELES - - When impressive redshirt freshman running back Tre Madden, potentially the answer to USC's quest for a big back in 2012, went down during spring ball with a torn left knee ligament, one could hear the air let out of the Trojans cardinal and gold balloon.
As what happens so many times in sports, one player's misfortune turns out to be another player's opportunity. Don't look now, but that big running back the Trojans thought they had lost in Madden appears found in redshirt freshman fullback Soma Vainuku.
Ric Tapia/Icon SMISoma Vainuku's improvement since arriving on campus has been noticeable and gives the Trojans options out of the backfield.
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