Charles White stood out as a running back at a program famous for its running backs and a tradition of smashmouth football in its dynastic period.
Student Body Right. Student Body Left. Charles White was part of a line of succession at running back at USC which began with Mike Garrett, continued through O.J. Simpson, transferred to Anthony Davis and Sam Cunningham, then moved to Ricky Bell before White took the baton under John Robinson. Marcus Allen followed and became John Robinson’s last great running back at USC.
From 1965 through 1981, USC produced four Heisman Trophy-winning running backs, won four national championships, and earned seven Rose Bowl victories. Charles White was one of those Heisman running backs. He won one of the four national titles. He won three of the seven Rose Bowls in that span at USC.
His workload, his statistical achievements, his quality over a four-year period from his freshman through senior seasons, his crunch-time prowess in the Rose Bowl Game itself, and so many other football achievements make the argument that at a school whose football tradition is built on a foundation of power football, Charles White was the greatest running back of them all.
We remember the USC football career of a legendary Trojan, Charles White.
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