USC running backs Joe McKnight and Stafon Johnson had slightly different ends to their final seasons in Troy — with McKnight running for 1,014 yards in 12 games and staying healthy throughout the year and Johnson suffering a tragic throat injury that ended his season after just four games. But both backs are in the same position now, attempting to prove to NFL personnel they are worthy of being selected early in the draft.
McKnight, who struggled in shuttle drills but did split out wide and catch some passes in receiver workouts, said it was a thought-out decision to refrain from running the 40. He also said he was willing to play any position in the NFL:
Johnson, who still talks with a raspy whisper, said his 40 time (officially 4.62) wasn't exactly what he hoped for, but said he heard some scouts had it in the 4.5's. He also talked generally about his NFL hopes: