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RB Javorius Allen returning to USC next season

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USC running back Javorius Allen will return to the Trojans next season.

For all his renown as a quarterback guru, Steve Sarkisian's offense as Washington head coach worked best when running back Bishop Sankey was slicing through opposing defenses over the last two seasons.

Now Sarkisian looks to have his best candidate to fill that same role in his new position at USC, with redshirt sophomore Javorius Allen telling the Los Angeles Times he would return next season.

Allen (6-foot-1, 215 pounds) hardly played before the in-season firing of head coach Lane Kiffin, only to emerge as the engine of the revamped Trojans' offense under interim coach Ed Orgeron. Allen rushed for 722 yards and 14 touchdowns in the nine games following Kiffin's dismissal, adding 22 receptions for 252 yards and one touchdown, showing game-breaking speed and vision as both a runner and receiver out of the backfield.

If Allen can handle the enormous workload Sarkisian gave Sankey in his two seasons as the Huskies' starter (616 carries for 3,683 rushing yards and 36 touchdowns; 36 receptions for 553 yards and one touchdown), he could be one of the top backs with an eye towards the 2015 NFL Draft at this time next year.

Follow Dan Greenspan on Twitter @DanGreenspan.

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