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Hyped freshman shows signs of being USC's next big star

Updated: January 2, 2008, 9:02 AM ET
By Bruce Feldman | ESPN The Magazine

PASADENA, Calif. -- So, let Jan. 1, 2008, go down as the day Joe McKnight officially stopped coping with being The Next Reggie Bush and arrived as the Trojans' latest star.

McKnight proved to the whole college football world that he does in fact have it. The USC staff never had any doubts. For years, recruiters have whispered about McKnight's skills, his effortless change of direction, his burst of speed, his preternatural vision. But for the entire regular season, ...

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