McKnight Headed to the NFL

Joe McKnight

USC junior tailback Joe McKnight has decided to forego his senior season and enter the NFL Draft. In 2009 McKnight had his most productive season as a Trojan, rushing for 1,014 yards and 8 touchdowns, while averaging 6.2 yards per carry.

USC starting tailback Joe McKnight told ESPN that he has decided to forego his senior season and enter the NFL Draft.

"The time is right," McKnight said in the report. "This was my first healthy season and I really don't want to come back and risk injury."

In 2009 McKnight had his most productive season as a Trojan, rushing for 1,014 yards and 8 touchdowns while averaging 6.2 yards per carry.

"If I would have come back it would have been to pursue the Heisman," McKnight said.

McKnight was held out of USC's 24-13 victory over Boston College in the Emerald Bowl because the university was investigating his use of an SUV that was owned by a Santa Monica businessman. He joined the team in San Francisco but wasn't cleared by the compliance official before the start of the game.

With the loss of McKnight, Allen Bradford will enter spring practice as the No.1 tailback on the depth chart with C.J. Gable the likely No.2, if he decided to return in 2010. Marc Tyler and Curtis McNeal would also be in the mix for playing time.


Joe McKnight has decided to enter the NFL draft.

If you haven't subscribed to SCPlaybook.com yet, give us a chance. Check out all the premium content and recruiting information you have been missing with a 7-Day Free Trial!


*Discuss more on the SCPlaybook.com message boards

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions you can reach Kevin Carden at kevin@scplaybook.com


USCFootball.com Recommended Stories


  • The Trojans visit the Utes in a surprise battle of ranked foes jockeying for position in the Pac-12 South race.

  • As the season rolls on recruiting is heating up for the Trojans. This week in the War Room we have the inside scoop or which prospects this USC staff are after, including a diamond in the rough…

  • One of the reasons a USC team can go to Utah feeling like it can take on the 19th-ranked Utes in their biggest-ever Pac-12 game in history is the Trojans have had freshmen like Toa Lobendahn and JuJu…

  • Every week, Fantasy Football Expert Jeb Gorham digs in his list of rankings to find the best sleepers for deeper formats. Consider giving these players a chance, but be aware of the risk! Tampa Bay…

  • Check out this classic video of Dan Larson battling an acrobatic sailfish on a trip to the world-famous Tropic Star Lodge in Panama.

Up Next


Oh by the way, Damian Williams and Joe McKnight declared for the NFL Draft. It was that kind of…

Tweets