September 17, 1996 |
Further examination of guard Chris Brymer's broken left foot confirmed that he will be out at least four weeks, Coach John Robinson said. Robinson said backup right tackle Faaesea Mailo will take Brymer's left guard spot. Backup left tackle Grant Boelter will move right, to back up starter Ken Bowen, and backup center Mark Manskar moves left, to back up starting tackle Rome Douglas.
September 25, 1996 |
Freshman starters Faaesea Mailo and Chris Claiborne got high marks for their first appearances against Houston last Saturday. Mailo, a 350-pound offensive tackle, started at left guard for injured Chris Brymer, and Claiborne started at middle linebacker for Taso Papadakis, who needed to rest a sore ankle and knee. Mailo played well, said offensive line coach Mike Barry, and Claiborne showed "major improvement," according to Coach John Robinson.
November 2, 1999 |
USC receiver R. Jay Soward's hamstring remains tight--a little like the Trojans' mood. "Everybody's uptight," Soward said. "Four straight losses--that isn't typical for USC." Soward, unable to play Saturday because he couldn't run in pregame warmups, is eager to return but remains day-to-day. * Quarterback Mike Van Raaphorst said he has been playing with a sore left--non-throwing-- hand and was to have X-rays to check for broken bones. . . .
October 8, 1996 |
Coach John Robinson blamed his patched-together offensive line and poor pass blocking generally for his offense's inept performance Saturday in a 22-15 loss to Cal. "We had the ball six times in the first half and moved it once," he said Monday, after reviewing the game tape. "We self-destructed with our own ineptness. Seemed like if we weren't getting a holding penalty, Cal was sacking our quarterback. "Obviously, we don't pass block very well. We need our injured offensive line guys back."
October 1, 1996 |
With four starters suspended, Saturday's Coliseum game with unbeaten Cal becomes much more interesting. The Trojans could actually be missing a fifth starter--freshman guard Faaesea Mailo, who injured a shoulder against Houston and still isn't practicing. Robinson said Cedric Jefferson will start at defensive tackle for Darrell Russell, Ryan Tyiska for Sammy Knight at weakside linebacker, Billy Miller for Larry Parker at wide receiver and Rashard Cook for safety Brian Kelly.
September 26, 1996 |
Defensive players Taso Papadakis, Prentice Hill and Sammy Knight joined offensive starters Faaesea Mailo and Travis Claridge on the sideline at USC's practice Wednesday because of minor injuries. Papadakis, starting middle linebacker, seems to have the most troublesome injury: a high ankle sprain, which kept him out of the Houston game. * Junior safety Grant Pearsall has suddenly become one of the Trojans' best high-impact tacklers.