September 2, 2007

Inside the game: Stafon Johnson

Stafon Johnson would not allow himself to believe that his turn truly had arrived.

Pete Carroll had been heaping praise upon the sophomore for weeks, but after the tailback's redshirt had been burned last season for three brief appearances and three measly carries, Johnson was not ready to count on anything.

"I was expecting to just get my feet wet, just a couple of carries," Johnson said, after rushing for 64 yards on 12 carries, in USC's 38-10 victory against Idaho. "Just try to take it from there."

So, when the opportunity came, he had to force issue.

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