Going in, I knew I wasn't one of the top ones, because I didn't even make the pre-season All-American team. That shows you what people thought of me right there, so I knew I had to go to work.

- Marcus Allen

I was saying earlier that it's really strange - you can almost step outside yourself and observe yourself running, and that's what I was doing.

- Marcus Allen

To be a winner of that, and to fall in the long line of traditional great backs at USC, to have your name in perpetuity, the fact that your parents are like icons... that's the greatest thing.

- Marcus Allen

You've got to be extremely careful, because you could be with a great team, and you could be the product of a great team. There are some players that stand out despite the teams that they play on, and there are some players that are good because of the team that they're with.

- Marcus Allen

At USC, if you're running back there, and you do gain you over 1,500 yards, people see you as a candidate, but not one of the top ones.

- Marcus Allen

Even as voters, we try to keep up with the guys as much as possible, mainly through television or ESPN.

- Marcus Allen

I just think that we're capable of so much more; we don't utilize all our capacity like we should.

- Marcus Allen

It actually took me a year to learn how to play running back - to understand what they were doing defensively and then what our guys were doing every single play.

- Marcus Allen

You know, I think when I reflect on it, I think there's certainly a sense of history. When you have ambitions to play this game, you want to be one of the best ever, and you want to play so well and be so effective that you want people to remember your name 100 years from now.

- Marcus Allen

But Barry, to me, is head and shoulders above everybody.

- Marcus Allen