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November 19, 1993 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On football fields, USC's record-breaking receiver, Johnnie Morton, attracts crowds. Sometimes, rarely, there is only one defender. But most often, two or even three are in the area if a pass intended for Morton is in the air. Once, it wasn't like that. It was quite the opposite, in fact. As a 10-year-old, he was shunned at a Japanese-American school in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo district.
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September 28, 2013 | By Gary Klein
TEMPE, Ariz. - USC receiver Marqise Lee became the Trojans' all-time receiving yardage leader with a 51-yard reception on the second play of the third quarter of Saturday night's game against Arizona State at Sun Devil Stadium. Lee caught seven passes for 92 yards in the game before sustaining an injury to his left knee on a punt return in the fourth quarter. He was carted off the field. He has 3,249 career yards, surpassing Johnnie Morton's 3,210 set in 1990-92. Lee, a junior who won the Biletnikoff Award last season, also moved into second place on USC's career receptions list.
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June 2, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Former USC and NFL wide receiver Johnnie Morton was eating at a Corona del Mar health food restaurant three months ago when he struck up a conversation with another avid follower of mixed martial arts. "I'm a huge fan of it," Morton said. "I know more about MMA guys than I do NFL players. I know everything about most guys: their stats, who they lost to, who they won against. I've watched it since the UFC [Ultimate Fighting Championship] first came out."
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May 22, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
The top-seeded USC men's tennis team defeated rival UCLA, 4-1, in a wild NCAA semifinal at Athens, Ga., and earned a chance to win its fourth consecutive national championship Tuesday. The Trojans (32-1) will meet third-seeded Virginia at 2 p.m. PDT in Athens. USC beat the Cavaliers in last year's final. Virginia defeated seventh-seeded Pepperdine to reach the championship match. Lightning and thunder interrupted action midway through the first sets of both semifinal matches, forcing them to move indoors to be played out on two courts apiece.
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February 9, 1991
We totally disagree with the story which appeared in The Times on Feb. 3, about the alleged drug-testing cheating in the USC football program. We believe the sources, who were never named, are not valid and the story is not based on fact. The only player named in the story was a former walk-on who quit the team when he wasn't given a scholarship. In the numerous tests given to us by USC and the NCAA, we were always observed throughout the process. We didn't see any cheating, we're not aware of any cheating and we find it would be extremely difficult to cheat.
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October 26, 1993 | EARL GUSTKEY
If senior wide receiver Johnnie Morton can catch nine passes for at least 28 yards and three touchdowns Saturday at Cal, he will have three more USC single-season records. He caught six passes at Notre Dame Saturday and gained 109 yards but didn't score. * Senior defensive end Willie McGinest, on Notre Dame All-American offensive tackle Aaron Taylor: "He's good, but we've played a lot of good offensive tackles. The best offensive tackle I've ever played against is Tony Boselli."
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September 3, 1996 | EARL GUSTKEY
Chad Morton, USC's kick returner, took four snaps at tailback in practice as Coach John Robinson moved to shore up his team's thin ranks at running back. Starting tailback Delon Washington's one-game suspension was extended to three games by the NCAA, a decision USC is appealing. Shawn Walters, accused of taking money from an agent, will not be eligible until the season's fourth game, against Houston.
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October 16, 1992 | JERRY CROWE
Rob Johnson, USC's sophomore quarterback, has been remarkably consistent, completing 61.2% of his 85 passes for 680 yards and eight touchdowns, with four interceptions. "I'm surprised, but I'm not," said junior split end Johnnie Morton, who has caught six touchdown passes. "When I first saw him, I noticed how smooth he was. He kind of reminded me of Todd (Marinovich). And then to realize he only played quarterback his senior year (at El Toro High), it really amazed me.
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December 30, 1993 | EARL GUSTKEY
USC wide receiver Johnnie Morton made All-American teams selected by the Associated Press, Kodak, the Football Writers Assn., the Sporting News and Football News. And he scored points with Coach John Robinson's for his character. Speaking of Morton's bout with tonsillitis the week of the UCLA game, Robinson said: "When you consider how lean he was to start with and the fact he came back and played at a high level after losing 13 pounds, it tells you something of his character."
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October 11, 1992 | MAL FLORENCE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Johnnie Morton is a proud member of what he calls the USC "bomb squad." The group includes wide receivers Morton, Curtis Conway, Travis Hannah and Larry Wallace. Morton, USC's junior split end, did most of the damage for the squad Saturday against Oregon at the Coliseum. He caught touchdown passes measuring 36, 25 and 22 yards from quarterback Rob Johnson as the Trojans beat Oregon, 32-10. Morton's performance was all the more impressive because he is recovering from two sprained ankles.
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September 3, 2011 | By Gary Klein
USC receiver Robert Woods and quarterback Matt Barkley enjoyed record-setting performances Saturday in USC's low-scoring 19-17 victory over Minnesota at the Coliseum. Woods, a sophomore, caught 17 passes, eclipsing the USC single-game mark of 15 set by Johnnie Morton against Houston in 1993. Woods was sidelined most of training camp because of a high ankle sprain and also has nursed a sore right elbow. But against Minnesota he caught almost everything thrown his way, including touchdown passes of seven, 43 and two yards.
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November 28, 2010 | Jerry Crowe
It started with a wink. Johnnie Morton's subtle signal to USC quarterback Todd Marinovich indicated that all systems were go on a pass pattern that would finally put the Trojans over the top in their 1990 showdown against UCLA. The Trojans and Bruins had slugged it out all afternoon at the Rose Bowl, neither able to shake the other in one of the most engrossing battles in the rivalry's storied history. The teams had already combined for 80 points, more than had ever been scored in a USC-UCLA game.
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June 4, 2007 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
Although he was denied a urine sample for drug testing by former football player Johnnie Morton following Morton's mixed martial arts debut Saturday night at the Coliseum, Armando Garcia, executive director of the California State Athletic Commission, plans to run tests on Morton using a sample supplied on Friday. That sample was for steroid testing. "We will be using that [sample] now to also test for drugs of abuse," said Garcia. Results are expected in about a week.
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June 2, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Former USC and NFL wide receiver Johnnie Morton was eating at a Corona del Mar health food restaurant three months ago when he struck up a conversation with another avid follower of mixed martial arts. "I'm a huge fan of it," Morton said. "I know more about MMA guys than I do NFL players. I know everything about most guys: their stats, who they lost to, who they won against. I've watched it since the UFC [Ultimate Fighting Championship] first came out."
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November 17, 2000 | MIKE TERRY
The mission had been clear. Todd Marinovich and the USC offense had to go 77 yards to counter the latest blow delivered by UCLA--a one-yard touchdown plunge by fullback Kevin Smith that had given the Bruins a 42-38 lead with 1:19 left in 1990, in the highest-scoring game in the cross-town rivalry. USC now was on UCLA's 23-yard line with 26 seconds left. Marinovich and wide receiver Johnnie Morton had one big play left.
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November 16, 1999 | ROBYN NORWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What has the Morton family meant to USC football? Let us count the yards. Johnnie Morton--the Detroit Lion receiver best remembered for catching the winning touchdown pass from Todd Marinovich with 16 seconds left in the Trojans' last victory over UCLA in 1990--is USC's all-time leading receiver in yards with 3,201.
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December 9, 1993 | From Associated Press
Southland football fans knew that receivers J.J. Stokes of UCLA and Johnnie Morton of USC had outstanding seasons. Now all of America knows it. Stokes, Morton and UCLA kicker Bjorn Merten were named to the Associated Press All-American first team Wednesday. Morton set a Pacific 10 record with 1,373 receiving yards and tied the conference record with 78 catches. Stokes had 17 touchdown receptions, tying the Pac-10 mark, including a 95-yarder.
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November 9, 1997 | ROBYN NORWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Chad Morton is small, a little bit fragile . . . and very, very fast. USC gave him the ball for the first time this season on a pitch in the first quarter Saturday. Morton headed around the right end, and he was off. Sixty-nine yards later, he was hauled down at Stanford's 11-yard line by the last man who had a prayer, cornerback Frank Primus. "It's amazing what speed does," USC Coach John Robinson said.
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September 18, 1996 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even though it surprised no one on the USC football team or anyone who watched the team's Rose Bowl practices last December, there was an electrical charge generated when the tiniest Trojan took command of the USC-Oregon State game Saturday. It's difficult to define a football play more exciting than the sight of a fast, little guy making slow, big guys look silly. A guy like Chad Akio Morton.
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