Nov 14, 2020; Tucson, Arizona, USA; USC Trojans running back Markese Stepp (30) runs with the ball against the Arizona Wildcats during the second half at Arizona Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

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USC RB Stepp enters transfer portal

Southern California running back Markese Stepp is poised to leave the Trojans’ program after entering the transfer portal, multiple outlets reported.

In another hit for the USC offense, tackle Alijah Vera-Tucker has elected to declare for the NFL draft.

Stepp rushed for 307 yards in 2019 as a redshirt freshman and was expected to carry a heavy load in 2020. But he rushed for just 165 yards on 45 carries, with 49 yards coming on a single run against Arizona on Nov. 14.

The sophomore scored three rushing touchdowns and also caught three passes for 28 yards

Vavae Malepeai was the Trojans’ leading rusher this season with just 238 yards on 54 carries, while Stephen Carr had 176 yards on 46 carries. Stepp led the team with 13 carries in the Pac-12 title game defeat to Oregon on Dec. 18 but had just 25 yards.

USC was 10th in the Pac-12 with 517 total rushing yards and last in the conference with 97.3 yards per game.

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