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Thursday Practice: McNeal Earns Trust

Curtis McNeal (Jaime Rodriguez Photo)

It has been a long and turbulent journey to the top of the depth chart for USC tailback Curtis McNeal, suffering a handful of setbacks along the way, but like any good running back he continues to dust himself off and move forward.

McNeal arrived at USC at a time when Pete Carroll's dominance in recruiting was illustrated by a running back depth chart that included: Joe McKnight, C.J. Gable, Stafon Johnson, Marc Tyler and Allen Bradford. While struggling to find a role on offense, McNeal allowed some off the field distractions get the best of him, and he was ruled academically ineligible as a sophomore in 2010. By the...

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