USC RB MarShawn Lloyd excited to join forces with Caleb Williams at last
Lloyd spent three years at South Carolina before transferring to USC in pursuit of a national title with his old friend from a rival high school
Adam Grosbard (OC Register) — LOS ANGELES — From little league through battles at rival high schools Gonzaga and DeMatha, quarterback Caleb Williams and running back MarShawn Lloyd were always on opposite sides. But when they met in the handshake line, they always talked about one day teaming up.
So when Lloyd entered the transfer portal in January, Williams was quick to text his old friend with a recruiting pitch to USC. The message: “Come here now, let’s win a national championship and then let’s go to the league.”
“I was like, ‘Let’s go,’” Lloyd said. “I’m all for it.”
Lloyd spent three years at South Carolina before transferring to USC. He missed his freshman season with a torn ACL, then was worked into action the next year.
There was no shortage of options for Lloyd’s services when he entered the transfer portal following the season. Tennessee was the first to reach out, soon followed by Michigan State and Michigan.
But as he studied USC’s offense, he found the perceptions of the Trojans running a pass-heavy scheme to be unfounded.
“If you look at the numbers, the running back is getting the ball like 20 carries a game,” Lloyd said. “I just like the way that they execute at all levels as far as passing the ball, O-line blocking. I just felt like it would be a great fit.”
Since getting to USC, that’s been Lloyd’s main goal: To fit, like many of the transfers who found their place in the locker room a year ago.
He’s learning the offense from returning backs Austin Jones and Darwin Barlow, while simultaneously looking to teach freshmen A’Marion Peterson and Quinten Joyner the ins and outs of being a college athlete. He prefers to do so by example but understands that a word of wisdom is helpful for underclassmen.
And Lloyd knows he has to keep focused on the same prize that his teammates have been working toward.
“We all want to go to the league one day, obviously, but we all want to win a national championship,” Lloyd said. “They were so close last year – we, now – we were so close last year so I just feel like with these little missing pieces, we can be a really good team.”
He joins a crowded running back room. In addition to Jones – who started in the injured Travis Dye’s place last season – and Barlow, talented sophomore Raleek Brown returns from last year’s team.
Brown is being asked to wear many hats for the Trojans, potentially lining up at receiver and returning kickoffs or punts. The addition of someone like Lloyd allows USC to be more creative in its usage of Brown.
“Having five guys back there that we’re pretty excited about, it’s allowed us to move Raleek around,” head coach Lincoln Riley said. “That room has been a real bright spot here in camp.”
But Lloyd has versatile skills, too, which is why Williams has long dreamed of pairing with him and is already scheming what they will do next season.
“He has good vision, he catches the ball well out of the backfield. We might flex him out,” Williams said. “He’ll get the ball in his hands and he’ll do his thing. He’s been doing the same thing since eighth grade.”
If Duce signs it would give us Lemon, Branch, and Duce in same class. Those are three really special targets, better than any group of recruits at skill spots that I can remember since the good ol days.
All-World TE/baseball 6-6, 225 pound Duce Robinson is expected to announce his college choice early tomorrow evening via his Instagram page, @duceyf, at 6:30 pm MST, and is forecast to choose USC over GA and TEXAS.
Imagine having a player with that size at TE for us. Adds another weapon to the offense.
I noticed Lloyd is wearing #0 and wondered if that would be his assigned number during the season. I looked up the roster for spring ball. I found all of the first ten numbers have two players wearing them. (Except #3 , which aren’t t used.) It is a good thing USC doesn’t put names on jerseys because there are two players with the same number and last name wearing #4, can you imagine Mario and Max Williams we’re on the field at the same time? Would the penalty be doubled? I just love the stupidity of some football rules.… Read more »
Just listened to Arledge’s interview (on the late Gary P’s board) of Pat Harlow and Dan Owens. Harlow coaches locally and one of his kids on the SC OL. I enjoyed listening to what they had to say. I really liked Harlow’s statement on the 2022 OL and DL. On the OL, Harlow liked them and thought them a huge improvement over 2021. He really likes Henson as an OL coach. On the DL, he said it simply was not very talented. While he was not derogatory, Harlow was clear that, in his opinion, NONE of the kids playing DL… Read more »
Lloyd is going to be a force on the D line with Cobb right behind him. I think we are going to see Lee sitting quite a bit this season.