Tre Madden wasn’t supposed to be in this position. Originally expected to play as a linebacker for USC, Madden has emerged as the starting running back for the Trojans in relief of injured starter Silas Redd.
Madden, who switched from linebacker to tailback in 2012 spring practice and looked impressive, was on track to be a key contributor as a sophomore in 2012 before a torn left knee ligament sidelined him for the season and allowed him to redshirt.
Madden was a coveted player coming out of high school. As a senior in 2010, he was the recipient of numerous honors: Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, U.S. Army All-American, USA Today All-USA second team, Rivals 100, Prep Star Dream Team, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Orange County Register Fab 15 second team and Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, among others.
Madden is the first Trojan running back since Marcus Allen in 1981 to start the season with three consecutive 100-yard performances. In the season opener vs. Hawaii, he rushed for 109 yards on 18 carries. He then carried the ball 32 times in another 100-yard effort against Washington State. Madden piled up an additional game with over 100 rushing yards in the Trojans’ 35-7 victory over Boston College.
Against Utah State last Saturday, Madden led the USC rushing attack with 98 yards on 24 carries. He got the scoring started in the first quarter against the Aggies, as he took a sweep to the right for a one-yard touchdown. The sophomore’s second rushing touchdown of the year capped a 7-play, 45-yard drive.
USC is 19-10 against Arizona State. The Sun Devils ended the Trojans’ 11-game winning streak in the series with a 43-22 home victory in 2011.