After five games last season, USC was 3-2 and tailback Javorius Allen was buried on the depth chart.
But in the Trojans' sixth game, Allen rushed for 37 yards and two touchdowns in six carries in a 38-31 victory over Arizona.
A season later, the Trojans are once again 3-2 as they prepare to play at Arizona on Saturday.
This time, Allen is a leader of the offense — a role he has grown more comfortable with.
"I'll need to trust the coaching scheme, what is in the playbook and go with it," Allen said of his game plan against Arizona.
Allen has rushed a team-best 576 yards and four touchdowns in 109 carries. He has 19 receptions for 250 yards and a touchdown.
Allen said USC Coach Steve Sarkisian's offense has allowed him to grow and play multiple roles.
"They've got a wonderful plan," he said.
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