October 9, 1999 |
USC Coach Paul Hackett is calling Arizona's Dennis Northcutt "maybe the premier wide receiver in the conference." Stanford's Troy Walters is leading the Pacific 10 in receiving and USC has its own explosive receiver and return man in R. Jay Soward. But at this point, Hackett's pick is Northcutt. "From punt returns to kickoff returns to taking the game over as a receiver, he's really exciting," Hackett said. "He's something special." Northcutt is second in the nation in punt returns with a 22.
August 8, 2000 |
A few down-and-outs and a few fade patterns were all it took to answer questions about Carson Palmer's recovery from a broken collarbone. "If anything, he's stronger," receiver Marcell Allmond said. "When I'm running a route, I have to get my head around quicker or the ball is going to hit me in the face." Palmer, who was injured in the third game of the 1999 season, threw with characteristic zip Monday as USC began training camp at UC Irvine.
September 23, 1985 |
Dallas Cowboy quarterback Danny White was surprised when Coach Tom Landry sent in a flea-flicker pass play in the third quarter of Sunday's 20-7 victory over the Cleveland Browns. "It was the second time today that he called it," White said. "It's rare it gets called once. But for it to be called twice, that's really rare."
September 8, 1986 |
Cardinal running back Ottis Anderson, obviously frustrated by his team's failure to come from behind and defeat the Rams, demanded to be traded after Sunday's game. "Get me outta here," said Anderson, who pulled a hamstring in the fourth quarter while scoring the Cardinals' only touchdown on a 4-yard run. "Trade me. The man put me on the bench." The man, of course, is rookie Coach Gene Stallings and the benching Anderson was referring to was his lack of action in the third quarter.
September 21, 1994 |
For Quincy Harrison, the transition from offense to defense was moving along briskly. In USC's season-opening victory over Washington, the new cornerback was in for six plays. No major foul-ups, no muffed assignments. Promising start. Then, two Saturdays ago at Penn State, Harrison was in for 16 plays. Here's how one of them went: USC is on its way to being shut out early in the third quarter.
December 28, 2000 |
Two teams from distant schools playing in a bowl game far away--doesn't sound like much for Los Angeles fans to get worked up about. But when North Carolina State plays Minnesota in the Micronpc.com Bowl in Miami this afternoon, USC fans might want to watch. As soon as the game ends, USC Coach Pete Carroll has permission to interview North Carolina State offensive coordinator Norm Chow and is expected to make a bid to lure him to Los Angeles.
August 19, 2000 |
USC announced Friday that it has added emerging powerhouse Kansas State to its 2001 schedule. The Trojans had an open spot for next season, which featured only two teams--Notre Dame and San Jose State--from outside the Pacific 10 Conference. Athletic Director Mike Garrett said USC wanted a tough opponent. "Kansas State fits that description," Garrett said. The Wildcats have won at least nine games and appeared in a bowl game for seven consecutive seasons.
September 10, 1995 |
The last thing defensive tackle Darrell Russell wanted to hear after the Trojans' 45-7 rout of San Jose State was that he and his defensive teammates were dominant Saturday at the Coliseum. "We played nowhere near our potential," said Russell, a 6-foot-4, 320-pound sophomore. "We just have to use this game as a steppingstone for the rest of the season."
December 25, 1997 |
New USC football Coach Paul Hackett has fired most of John Robinson's staff but had yet to notify the remaining few--Hue Jackson, Dennis Thurman and Mike Wilson--who among them will stay on for the sake of continuity. Hackett has indicated only "one or two" will remain, but Jackson said Wednesday he told Hackett he will stay only if he retains the title of offensive coordinator--even though Hackett made it clear he'll probably call the plays himself.
October 17, 1993 |
Reggie Perry ran the Oregon State offense during the week, then played a prominent part in stopping it Saturday. Perry, USC's starting quarterback in 1991, had his most playing time since converting to defense in the spring and helped the Trojans slow down the Beavers' wishbone offense on the way to a 34-9 victory at the Coliseum.