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Ronald Jones to declare for NFL draft; USC linebacker Porter Gustin to return

By in Press Enterprise on January 6, 2018

By Joey Kaufman

On Wednesday, USC quarterback Sam Darnold announced he was declaring for the 2018 NFL draft. Two days later, the Trojans’ backfield saw another high-profile departure.

Ronald Jones, one of the most productive running backs in school history, said Friday he will also enter the NFL draft in April, forgoing his senior season.

  • USC running back Ronald Jones II is pulled down by Alabama defenders Marlon Humphrey, left, and Eddie Jackson after running for a long gain during their 2016 season opener in Arlington, Texas. Texas-bred Jones and the Trojans don’t have many positive memories from that 52-6 loss, and they would like to amend for it on the same field against Ohio State later this week. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

  • USC Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold (14) hands off to teammate running back Ronald Jones II (25) against the Texas Longhorns during a NCAA college football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. USC Trojans won in double over-time 27-24. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    USC Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold (14) hands off to teammate running back Ronald Jones II (25) against the Texas Longhorns during a NCAA college football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. USC Trojans won in double over-time 27-24. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • USC running back Ronald Jones II, center, is congratulated by teammates after scoring a touchdown against Stanford during the second half of the Pac-12 Conference championship NCAA college football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    USC running back Ronald Jones II, center, is congratulated by teammates after scoring a touchdown against Stanford during the […]    

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