Buck Allen making name at USC

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Once buried on the depth chart, redshirt sophomore Buck Allen is now getting the opportunity to make his case why he should be in the rotation with the rest of the Trojans tailback corps.

Buck Allen, who?

Once buried so deep on the USC's depth chart, Allen appeared to be a non-factor for the Trojans.

A non-factor this year. Next year. And maybe even the year after that.

Allen was the only Trojan tailback to remain healthy throughout fall camp, but when the depth chart was released prior to USC's first game against Hawaii, he found himself behind Silas Redd, Justin Davis, and Tre Madden.

When Lane Kiffin was fired, Orgeron said he'd give Allen a chance.

A chance appears to be all the redshirt sophomore needed; it's safe to say no one has benefited more from the coaching change than Allen.

Four games into the Ed Orgeron interim head coaching era and Allen might just now be a USC-household name.

""I just want to give a thanks to my offensive line and my coaching staff for believing in me and trusting me," Allen said after the game. "When you're having fun with the game, everything else will flow."

He scored the first two touchdowns of his career in the Trojans 38-31 win over Arizona on Oct. 10, Orgeron's debut as the Trojans interim coach.

He broke for three more in the hostile confines of Reser Stadium on Friday night.

Allen rushed for a career high 133 yards on 16 carries against the Beavers.

He scored on a nine yard run, an 18 yard run, and then again on a 52 yard breakaway -- the longest carry of his career – in USC's 31-14 win.

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