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In win at Colorado, Ronald Jones moves up USC’s all-time rushing charts

By in Press Enterprise on November 12, 2017

By Joey Kaufman

BOULDER, Colo. — A reporter asked USC running back Ronald Jones a piece of trivia.

“Do you know who you passed tonight?” he said after the Trojans’ 38-24 victory over Colorado earlier Saturday.

“Yeah,” Jones said, standing outside the visiting locker room at Folsom Field. “The greats.”

It was a notable list.

As Jones totaled 142 rushing yards against, Colorado it meant he had surpassed LenDale White, Reggie Bush and Mike Garrett on USC’s career rushing list, giving him 3,293 yards over his three seasons in cardinal and gold.

“I thought I’d never do it, but here we are,” Jones said.

The milestone carried a special significance for Jones, whose earliest childhood memories included watching some of USC’s national championship teams led by the tandem of Bush and White in the backfield.

Jones grew up in McKinney, Texas, but often has described Bush as his favorite player. The two of them met for the first time at the Pac-12 championship game in 2015, when Bush walked into the Trojans’ locker room before the game while he was being honored by the conference.

“I almost fainted,” Jones said. “That was amazing.”

He officially sits No. 6 on USC’s all-time rush list and needs only 131 yards to surpass O.J. Simpson.

“Just to be mentioned in the same conversation with them is crazy,” Jones said.

It continued a prolific stretch for the junior. As USC has won three consecutive games, he has rushed for 552 yards and six touchdowns, among the Trojans’ most dependable threats on offense with his game-breaking speed and increasingly physical running style. Jones broke off several tackles for longer runs against Colorado.

“He’s like having a Sam Darnold at running back,” offensive coordinator Tee Martin said. “If you get out of position and you don’t do the right thing, those guys can make you pay.”

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