Positive: One-time highly rated prospect whose game never developed. Instinctive ball carrier who does a terrific job following blocks everywhere on the field. Finds the hole, has a burst, and shows the ability to create yardage.
Negative: Lacks the speed to turn the corner. Marginally productive except for one season.
Analysis: Gable was projected as the next top running back prospect from the USC program after the 2008 season but was relegated to being a part-time player the past two seasons. He possesses the underlying skills to be a situational ball carrier/return specialist if he's able to get his game back on track."
2009: Gable saw limited action as a reserve tailback as a junior in 2009 and also returned kickoffs. Overall in 2009 while appearing in 12 games (all but Washington), he ran for 102 yards on 24 carries (4.2 avg.) and caught a 2-yard pass. He also was USC's top kickoff returner with 19 runbacks for 348 yards (18.3 avg.).
He ran for 37 yards on 7 tries and returned a kickoff 25 yards against San Jose State, then had 2 kickoff returns for 48 yards at Ohio State. He had 2 yards on 3 rushes and had a 27-yard kickoff return against Washington State, then had 2 carries for 6 yards and returned 2 kickoffs for 39 yards at California and returned 5 kickoffs for 68 yards at Notre Dame. He had 20 yards on 2 kickoffs against Oregon State, then added 32 yards on 4 rushes along with a 24-yard kickoff return and a 2-yard catch at Oregon. He had 14 yards on 4 carries and returned 4 kickoffs for 78 yards against Stanford and had a 2-yard rush against UCLA. Against Boston College, he had 9 yards on 3 carries, returned a kickoff 919 yards and had a tackle.
2008: Gable returned from a 2007 injury and was part of USC's primary tailback rotation as a sophomore in 2008. He also returned kickoffs. Overall while appearing in all 13 games (starting all but the Oregon State and Penn State contests), he rushed for 617 yards on 107 carries (5.8 avg.) with 8 TDs, plus had 6 receptions for 62 yards (10.3 avg.) with 1 TD and 7 kickoff returns for 196 yards (28.0 avg.) with a TD.
He had a game-best 73 yards on 9 carries, with a 33-yard TD, at Virginia, then added 18 yards on 4 carries, 13 yards on 3 receptions and an 18-yard kickoff return against Ohio State. He had 19 yards on 3 ties and also had a 13-yard kickoff return at Oregon State, then ran for a game-high 49 yards on 10 carries (he also had a 23-yard reception and 22-yard kickoff return) against Oregon and had 30 yards on 7 carries and a 6-yard catch at Arizona State. He ran for a career-high 109 yards on 16 attempts with 3 TDs (17, 3 and 4 yards) at Washington State. He had 4 yards on 5 tries at Arizona, then ran for 108 yards and a pair of touchdowns (9 and 6 yards) against Washington, then ran for a game-best 79 yards on 10 carries and had a 20-yard kickoff return versus California. At Stanford, he had 190 all-purpose yards (85 on 14 carries with a 3-yard TD and 105 on 2 kickoff returns with a 93-yard TD) to earn Pac-10 Special Teams Co-Player of the Week honors. He had 27 yards on 10 tries against Notre Dame and 3 yards on 3 carries at UCLA. Against Penn State, he had 13 yards on 6 carries, plus caught a 20-yard TD pass and returned a kickoff 18 yards.
2007: Gable, who opened eyes with his effective showing in 2006 despite his youth, was set to continue in that role as a sophomore in 2007. He started USC's first 2 games and appeared in the third game of 2007 before suffering a strained abdomen prior to the Washington game and having season-ending surgery. Because of the early injury, he was allowed to redshirt the 2007 season. Overall in 2007 while appearing in 3 games, he ran for 143 yards on 13 carries (11.0 avg.), caught an 8-yard pass for a TD and returned 2 kickoffs for 34 yards (17.0 avg.).
He had 68 yards on 8 carries against Idaho to lead USC in rushing for the fifth game in a row and added an 8-yard scoring catch while starting his second consecutive opener (the last Trojan tailback to do so was Sultan McCullough in 2000-01). He added 69 yards on 4 carries (including a 40-yarder) and had a 19-yard kickoff return at Nebraska. He then had a 6-yard run and a 15-yard kickoff return against Washington State. He sprained his neck during 2007 spring practice and missed the last half of spring drills.
2006: As just a first-year freshman in 2006, Gable was impressive as a tailback and kickoff returner. He started 5 games-the opener at Arkansas and the last 4 games (California, Notre Dame, UCLA, Michigan)-and was USC's rushing leader in the last 4 games. Overall in 2006 while appearing in all 13 games, he had 434 yards (third on USC) on 111 carries (3.9 avg.) with 4 TDs, plus 9 receptions for 90 yards (10.0 avg.) and 16 kickoff returns for 432 yards (27.0 avg.). He was 15th nationally in kickoff returns (27.0, second in Pac-10). He made 2006 Rivals.com Freshman All-American second team (as a kickoff returner), The Sporting News Freshman All-American honorable mention (as a tailback and kickoff returner), All-Pac-10 honorable mention (as a kickoff returner) and The Sporting News Pac-10 All-Freshman first team (as a tailback and kickoff returner).
He became the first USC true freshman to start an opener at tailback when he did so at Arkansas as he had 51 yards on 12 attempts with a 3-yard TD. He then had 22 yards on 6 rushes against Nebraska, 34 yards on 5 carries and had a 5-yard reception at Arizona and he rushed for 6 yards on 3 tries and returned 4 kickoffs for 127 yards (including a 55-yarder) at Washington State. He returned 4 kickoffs for 98 yards against Washington, had 26 yards on 5 rushes with a 2-yard TD and also returned a kickoff 20 yards against Arizona State, had a 5-yard run and 2 kickoff returns for 40 yards at Oregon State, added 1 yard on 2 tries at Stanford and gained 14 yards on 6 tries and scored a 2-yard TD (he also had a 41-yard kickoff return) against Oregon. He started against California and ran for a game-best and career-high 91 yards on 19 carries (he also had a career-long 35-yard reception and returned a kickoff 33 yards for 159 all-purpose yards) to earn Rivals.com National Freshman of the Week honors. He had a game-best 107 yards on 20 carries (both career highs) while starting against Notre Dame, and he also caught a 21-yard pass. He had a team-best 52 yards on 19 carries (with a 1-yard TD), caught 3 passes for 32 yards and returned a kickoff 24 yards while starting at UCLA. Against Michigan, he ran for 25 yards on 13 carries, caught 2 passes for minus 3 yards and returned 2 kickoffs for 49 yards.
HIGH SCHOOL: He was named a 2005 Parade All-American, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Dream Team, ESPN 150, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, EA Sports All-American second team, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-Western, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Los Angeles Times All-Star, Los Angeles Daily News All-Area Defensive MVP and All-L.A. City Offensive MVP as a senior running back and defensive back at Sylmar (Calif.) High. He rushed for 2,298 yards on 209 carries (11.0 avg.) with 34 TDs and caught 19 passes for 360 yards (18.9 avg.) with 4 scores on offense and had 56 tackles and 7 interceptions on defense in 2005.
As a junior in 2004, he was a Student Sports Junior All-American, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team, Los Angeles Times All-San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles Daily News All-Area honorable mention. He ran for 2,026 yards (11.2 avg.) with 27 TDs, had 285 receiving yards and made 85 tackles and 5 interceptions in 2004.
He had 509 rushing yards on 80 carries (6.4 avg.) as a sophomore in 2003. He was the first player in Sylmar history to rush for 2,000 yards in 2 seasons.
PERSONAL: He's a sociology major at USC. His initials stand for Carl Jr.
C.J. GABLE ON: Splitting time at tailback: "All the tailbacks know we could have gone to any school and been the main guy. But we came here to be part of a winning team. It makes it worth it when you win Pac-10 titles and go to the Rose Bowl all the time. We all contribute. Everybody puts in his part."
Strengths: Runner with good speed. Quick feet in the backfield. Good COD, as he's elusive in the open field.
Weaknesses: Limited action the past two seasons, as he's been buried on the Trojan depth chart. Indecisive as a runner.