Patience, power lead to McNeal's success

Curtis McNeal's patience and recognition of his running targets led to several big runs, including a 73-yard touchdown run here against UCLA. Kirby Lee/Image of Sport/US Presswire

LOS ANGELES -- At this time last year, running back Curtis McNeal found himself in the middle of a typically crowded USC backfield. But after a 1,000-yard season that helped put his team back in the national spotlight, he’s now the leader of the pack heading into the spring.