THIS YEAR: Two-sport talent Sultan McCullough, who was USC's starting tailback in football during the 2000 season, is already a Pac-10 champion and NCAA All-American in the 100m. He has the tools to be one of the finest sprinters in the country and one of the best in USC history.
2000: Despite sitting out much of the season to participate in spring football and suffering a strained groin at the UCLA dual meet (which caused him to miss the Pac-10s), Sultan rebounded to win USC's 49th All-American honor (beginning in 1930) in the 100m dash at the NCAAs ... He equalled his PR with a 10.17 in the semifinals at the NCAAs, then came back to run a 10.38 in the finals--good for eighth-place ... Won the 100m at the UCLA dual meet in a time of 10.25, but later suffered a strained groin and was forced to pull up in the 200m ... Earlier in the season, he popped a 10.22 to win the 100m at the Centennial Invitational.
1999: Ran a 10.17 in his first race as a Trojan, setting a Cromwell Field record and USC freshman record in the process (it was also the world's top 100m time by a junior in 1999) ... Won the Pac-10 100m Championship in 10.18 ... Ran another 10.17 in the semifinals of the NCAA Championships ... Strained his hamstring in the finals and was not able to finish.
USC FOOTBALL: As a redshirt sophomore in 2000, McCullough inherited the tailback duties from Chad Morton and responded in a big way, rushing for a team-leading (and second in the Pac-10) 1163 yards (5.1 avg) and six touchdowns ... Became only the fifth sophomore in USC history to surpass 1000 yards ... Wasnamed All-Pac-10 second-team ... As just a redshirt freshman, McCullough rushed for 413 yards and one touchdown in 1999 while serving as the main backup to Chad Morton ... His 48-yard run against UCLA was USC's longest of the season ... Redshirted in 1998.
HIGH SCHOOL: At perennial track powerhouse John Muir High in Pasadena, Calif., Sultan's best times were 10.41 in the 100m (10.24w for the best time in the state and second fastest in the nation in 1997), 20.61 in the 200m (tops in the nation in 1997) and 45.8 in the 400m ... Anchored the nation's fastest 400m relay (40.2) and 1,600m relay (1:08.2) squads in 1997 ... Was named a track All-American twice ... Led Muir to two national and California state track and field titles ... Advanced to the finals in the 100m at the 1997 California state meet (he was favored to win, but a pulled hamstring) ... As a tailback on the Muir football team, Sultan was named a 1997 Super Prep All-American as a senior after rushing for 2,145 yards and 27 touchdowns on 215 carries (10.0 avg.) ... Once rushed for 317 yards and five scores on just nine carries (35.2 avg.) in one game.
PERSONAL: Sultan was born on Feb. 12, 1980 ... He is a sociology major at USC ... Sultan's brother, Saladin, was a tailback at Oregon in 1996 and 1997 ... His father, Bruce, ran track at San Jose State in the early 1960s.
CAREER BESTS: 100m - 10.17; 200m - 20.89.