It took freshman sensation Raleek Brown three touches to find the end zone in his USC debut.

The running back took a handoff from just inside the 20-yard-line, beat a Rice defender to the edge, and sprinted into the endzone to put the Trojans up 21-7 early in the second quarter of their opener on Saturday. The play was what we saw from Brown all throughout his high school career. Was the celebration a sign of things to come during his collegiate career?

A better picture:

At the high school level, Brown piled up 5,774 career yards as a runner and receiver and 72 career touchdowns. He averaged over 9 yards a carry and 19 yards a reception for his career. USC coaches said this offseason they had a plan to get the former blue-chip recruit onto the field early for the Trojans, and they certainly didn’t disappoint.

“I see that kid winning a lot of awards in the future,” said starting tailback Travis Dye.

Sounds like Brown has one in particular in mind.

The Trojans led the Rice Owls 31-14 at halftime.