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USC back caps the class


The selection of Chauncey Washington with the Jaguars' final pick of the draft, a seventh-rounder via a trade with Dallas, is a classic case of BAT (Best Available Trojan).

Washington had his moments at Southern Cal. He rushed for 220 yards, for example, against California last season, and nearly reached the 1,000-yard mark for the season. The low moments, however, included two seasons (2004 and '05) lost to academic ineligibility.

"He's got the ability to carry the ball. He's a guy (running backs coach) Kennedy (Pola) has a little history with. Kennedy recruited him to Southern Cal. Knowing the guy who recruited him helped," coach Jack Del Rio said.

Del Rio added that Washington will be given a chance to compete for the running backs void created by LaBrandon Toefield's departure. "(Washington) and D.D. Terry will compete for that spot," Del Rio said.

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