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Competition wide open in USC backfield

3/9/2006 - USC Trojans

USC defensive end Lawrence Jackson makes the extraordinary comment with such nonchalance that it nearly doesn't register.

He's talking about the USC dynasty reloading -- not rebuilding -- after nearly winning an unprecedented third consecutive national title, and he is intimating future days of woe for all who doubt the Trojans.

"It was the same a few years ago when we won the Orange Bowl with Carson Palmer," Jackson said. "Then it was: 'How do you replace a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback?' Now it's: 'How do you replace two Heisman Trophy winners?'"