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USC running back Aca'Cedric Ware might be the Trojans' best-kept secret

USC running back Aca'Cedric Ware might be the Trojans' best-kept secret
Published On: Tue, Aug 07
Sep 28, 2013; Boise, ID, USA; Boise State Broncos wide receiver Troy Ware (14) has his helmet taken off during the tackle by Southern Miss Golden Eagles defensive back Kelsey Douglas (6) during the second half against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Bronco Stadium. Boise State defeated Southern Miss 60-7. Mandatory Credit: Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

As part of its 2015 recruiting class, USC signed two running backs from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

One wasA Ronald Jones II. He had more stars next to his name than the other kid, and there was more attention paid nationally when he committed to the Trojans. All of it was warranted. Three years later, Jones declared early for the NFL draft as a modern USC legend, fifth on the schoola€™s all-time rushing list ahead of Heisman Trophy winners O.J. Simpson, Mike Garrett and Reggie Bush. He came to USC as Ronald Jones. He left as a€œRoJo.a€

The other kid? Well, with a name likeA Acaa€™Cedric Ware, he could have used a catchy nickname. Some people called him a€œAcaa€ with a hard a€˜Ca€™. Others preferred a€œCeda€ with a soft a€˜C.a€™ Along the way, someone probably called him a€œRica€ too. What nobody ever called Ware was a potential All-American, the next anything. A three-star recruit from Cedar Hill High rated the 42nd-best running back in the nation, he committed to USC five months before Jones, the big-name back from McKinney North High, 50 miles up the road. Ware has been waiting for Jones to get out of his way ever since.

As Ware begins his final season at USC, his personal roadblock now runs the football in Tampa Bay. It was only right for Jones to clear out his locker and let someone else carry the ball after toting it 261 times for 1,550 yards and 19 touchdowns last season. And Ware could finally be next.

a€œNo pressure,a€ Ware said.

Through three days of training camp, Ware doesna€™t appear to be feeling any extra weight other than the 10 pounds of muscle he added since last season. But this is USC, where one five-star recruit departs and another is expected to replace him a€” especially at quarterback and running back, where another Heisman Trophy feels something like a birthright to Trojan fans.

So, in steps sophomoreA Stephen Carr, a five-star prospect from Fontana Summit High that USC brought in last season as the third-best back in the nation. Carr, a chiseled and elusive runner, is ready-made for preseason hype.

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